An ANSI Ad for GET LAMP

Posted: October 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Text Adventure History | 5 Comments »

This may take a little explanation.

Before GET LAMP, I did a documentary on computer bulletin boards called BBS: The Documentary. This documentary is actually eight documentaries, and one of them is on a very specific part of BBS history, the ANSI art scene. Called “Artscene”, it has all sorts of folks in it. Including this guy:

His name is Ben, he’s in the movie for precisely 7 seconds. He says he likes the ANSI art group iCE.

So, it turns out Ben hosted my appearance at Alpha One Hackerspace last week – I barely recognized him, as seven years had passed. I mentioned he should try to do a little ANSI art now. He deferred, saying he just didn’t have the chops.

Wrong.  He just wrote this to me:

Just wanted to say again that I had a great time at the screening in Brooklyn. I grabbed a copy of PabloDraw and started playing around with ANSI again, for the first time in 17 years (well, 13 if you count half an hour in 1997 before giving up due to lack of inspiration). So here’s the result. It really helps that PabloDraw’s keyboard shortcuts are the same as TheDraw’s were back in the day; it really is like riding a bike.

Welcome back, Ben.


5 Comments on “An ANSI Ad for GET LAMP”

  1. 1 RaD Man said at 10:23 pm on October 21st, 2010:

    I like this!

  2. 2 Glonch said at 3:27 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    AWESOME – Great Job!

  3. 3 RootShell said at 6:19 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    Very nicely done… For someone that doesn’t use ANSI for 17 years.. It look GREAT!

  4. 4 Brad said at 6:26 pm on October 22nd, 2010:

    me likey.

  5. 5 Shannon Nelson said at 5:58 pm on October 24th, 2010:

    And look at that beautiful Kaypro II in the top picture, showing “Ladder” my all-time favorite. I spent many an hour in my cold college apartment playing that game. Luckily, I also have a version I can play on Linux when feeling really nostalgic, since my Kaypro II no longer boots.


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