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Complete Backup of Infocom's Shared Network Drive Recovered - Playable Unreleased Sequel!

Thanks to Dan Chisarick on the SWcollect mailing list for the heads-up on the info for Waxy.org's posting, Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is truly an extraordinary discovery, as the post begins, "From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989." There's even a playable version of "Milliways", the never completed sequel to one of the company's best-selling games, Hitchhiker's Guide. I'm flabbergasted and there's even a great story in the blog post!

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THIS IS THE TEXT OF AN EMAIL I SENT TO MATT AND BILL. PERHAPS OTHER READERS WILL FIND IT INTERESTING.

Perhaps you gentlemen can help me. I saw Mr. Barton's article, "The Game of Dialog: Simulating Conversation in Games" from Sun, 09/03/2006 - 12:44 pm on your Armchair Arcade blog. I am a professor of linguistics and have developed patented NLP dialog software that has been largely ignored (though not richly advertised) by almost all game developers. I am presenting it at WorldComp 07 in Las Vegas at the end of June and wonder if you might no of game developers (serious researchers and decision makers) who may be attending that conference. I also think you might find the software to be a good article for your magazine as what the software can do is far beyond anything that was described in the review you wrote. If you have further interest I can give you more detailed accounts or previously prepared materials, but briefly stated the parser is developed from a theory of syntax created by myself and another linguist which we turned into software tools. As we use a very comprehensive technique, it makes knowledge bases by typing in sentences and then allows you to query that knowledge based with standard English questions. For example, if you type in

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