Coding for Dummies
Unlike some of my peers, including Susan and Beth Anne, I already knew that Adventure was based on a cave in Kentucky--but I only knew this because Dr. Jerz told me when I was a freshman in EL 236. Still, like my peers, I am amazed at the amount of accuracy Crowther managed to achieve with technology not nearly as advanced as what we have today.
The numbering identifies the typed commands "ENTER", "DOOR" and "GATE" with a value of 3, marking them as synonyms.
What really interested me, however, was the section on the coding involved with the creation of this game. When I created my IF game over a year ago, we used Inform 7, which was a very easy tool to use, even for Noobs. I can't imagine what Crowther went through in creating his game. In Inform 7, if we wanted to create a synonym, all we had to type was "understand "Fido" as "Dog" or something like that (I'm a tad rusty on my Inform 7 coding...it's been a while...) I can't imagine trying to use all those numbers...is it still like that for video game designers?