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Summary Edit

Screenshot of Zork I, Revision 88, Release 840726. Taken using the Gargoyle interpreter on Ubuntu Linux 6.06 (Dapper Drake).

I took this screenshot on May 3 2007 on my own computer. It's a screenshot of software I didn't write, and contains no original work on my behalf (the three commands are obvious and trivial and would fail any copyright test). As such, I can have zero possible copyright claim on the image. However, just for the Wikilawyers: I, the person who took this screenshot, hereby release any and all copyright claims on this image. To the full extent possible, I release this image into the public domain.

The interpreter is Gargoyle, which is built on top of Frotz. Both packages are licensed under the GNU General Public License. As the software itself is under a free license, presumably screenshots of that software are as well. The game portrayed is Zork I, copyright originally held by Infocom and probably now by Activision.

Zork I is a very important game in video game history in general and the histories of interactive fiction and Infocom in specific. The opening lines (pictured) are relatively famous and frequented referenced in the context of video games.

The image also shows a reasonably representative modern interpreter.

Fair use claims Edit

For those people who seem to have difficulty reading the licensing below:

It is believed that the use of a limited number of web-resolution screenshots

  • for identification and critical commentary on
    • the computer or video game in question

As such, this image is fair use on Zork I for identification purposes; that is, to illustrate the game that it is.

This image is potentially fair use on interactive fiction for commentary purposes; illustrating one of the most historically important games in the history of the medium. The image is potentially fair use on Infocom for commentary purposes as this was Infocom's first commercial product, one of its most famous, and one of its most influential.

Licensing Edit

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at File:Zork I computer game.png.
The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with MUD Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).

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