Found my old non floppies… oh no, a Grue!
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ELI5 ? on 24 Feb 2024 17:16 next collapse

Zork is a text adventure where you enter text commands and then the game responds in text - to describe the surroundings, highlight items or places of interest, etc. Like, the game says “You are in a forest,” and you type “go south,” and the game updates to tell you what’s in your new location. It’s like the AI text adventures you see now (which are based on Zork-style games), but with every command and response hand-coded.

The Grues are monsters that eat you in Zork. “You were eaten by a grue” is a common bad ending. on 24 Feb 2024 17:18 next collapse

Oh a floppy you are the hero so. Thanks for the explanation.

Edit : but why a non floppy ? on 24 Feb 2024 17:26 next collapse

The 5.25 inch floppy disk were actually very bendy (floppy), while the 3.5 inch one was rigid, so I guess that’s why OP named it that? on 24 Feb 2024 17:56 next collapse

Yeah. Everyone I knew always called them floppies whether they were 8" (mostly before my time), 5¼" or 3.5". Op was probably just adding for humor or something. on 24 Feb 2024 20:24 collapse

I worked at a university computer lab in the late 90s, and soooo many people referred to the 3.5"ers as “hard disks.” on 24 Feb 2024 21:35 collapse

That one hurt! I don’t know if it is because it was so wrong, or if it is because it was kind of logical. on 24 Feb 2024 18:08 next collapse

5.25” floppy disk: information stored on non rigid disc with non-rigid protective covering.

3.5” floppy disk: information stored on non rigid disc with rigid casing.

The newer, smaller disks were also called floppy because the actual disc inside was just as floppy as its predecessor.

I think OP was reluctant to call it their disk a floppy despite it being historically referred to as such on 24 Feb 2024 22:41 collapse

I always called the 3.5 a “diskette” (or an “A drive” which was incorrect but everyone knew what you meant). on 24 Feb 2024 19:05 collapse

Some people assumed that “floppy disk” referred to the disk’s protective jacket, which was neither a disk nor (in the case of these smaller ones) floppy.

It’s possible that OP understands that the disk inside is floppy, and is just making a joke. on 24 Feb 2024 21:20 next collapse

Essentially artisanal AI. Hand made by proud hard working native developers of old silicon valley. on 25 Feb 2024 00:50 collapse

It’s like the AI text adventures you see now

but actually good and written by a human with lots of warmth and humor, unlike the pale AI imitations on 24 Feb 2024 17:28 next collapse

Macintosh is an apple variant. on 24 Feb 2024 19:42 collapse

Do you mean like Sylvie is a variant of Loki ? on 24 Feb 2024 21:47 collapse

5 y.o. would not understand that. on 24 Feb 2024 17:33 next collapse

They 3d printed the save icon on 24 Feb 2024 22:06 collapse

Honestly I haven’t even seen it used as a save icon in a long time on 24 Feb 2024 17:59 collapse

Zork is a text-based adventure game first released in 1977

Old-school adventure game, one of the OG. I think it was CoD BlackOps 1 where one of the secrets was breaking out of your chair in the main menu, being able to walk over to a pc…and literally play the whole of Zork! on 24 Feb 2024 17:33 next collapse

It’s getting dark on 24 Feb 2024 17:49 next collapse

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue. on 24 Feb 2024 18:59 next collapse on 25 Feb 2024 04:36 collapse

😋 on 24 Feb 2024 17:57 next collapse

I never finished that damn game lol. I should probably give it another go one of these days. on 24 Feb 2024 20:30 next collapse

You can carry it around in your phone nowadays! on 24 Feb 2024 22:16 collapse

I never figured out what the eventual goal was. I remember solving various puzzles, like opening the gates to hell, getting through the maze of twisty passages, killing the troll, etc. But I don’t remember ever figuring out what the win condition was supposed to be. on 24 Feb 2024 18:38 next collapse

I believe the technical term is Stiffies on 24 Feb 2024 20:17 next collapse

I went through a phase in middle / high school where grues were constantly appearing in any story or program I made… Great times on 24 Feb 2024 20:41 next collapse

I wonder how long it will be before this is known by everyone as a save icon instead of a floppy disc on 24 Feb 2024 22:27 next collapse

“Stay away from my gorls!”

- Grue on 24 Feb 2024 22:36 next collapse

I had this on the 5 1/4" disk. The kind that actually was floppy. on 25 Feb 2024 07:39 collapse

I have an immense urge to fwap the little metal thing back and forth until my mom tells me I’m wrecking it.