Scott Adams (b. 10th July 1952) is considered the founder of adventure-style games (interactive fiction) for personal computers. Together with his wife Alexis, he founded Adventure International as a publisher of games for home computers.
Inspired by ADVENTURE written by college students Will Crowther and Don Woods for a DEC computer in 1977, Scott Adams wrote his first game Adventureland in 1978. It was originally created for the TRS-80 in the BASIC programming language. Between 1978 and 1984 he wrote many games, all interactive fiction, and some versions contain bitmap graphics and animations. He remade his original games as SAGAs (Scott Adams Graphical Adventures).
In the mid eighties, the company went out of business and Scott became a senior programmer for Avista, Inc (Formerly Insight Industries, Inc) in Platteville, Wisconsin. After a hiatus of 15 years, he returned briefly with the release of Return to Pirate's Island 2 in August 2000, written for modern platforms. This was followed by The Inheritance in 2013.
Last updated: Oct 17, 2016
- Old coders never die... they only fade away -- Feature in Commodore Format (Issue 22, Jul 92, p52) that lists companies and programmers that made the Commodore 64 great.
- Computer & Video Games interview -- UK magazine CVG issue #27, January 1984.
- Computer & Video Games interview -- Interview with UK game magazine CVG (issue #31, May 1984)
- Scott Adams Interview -- Eric Rickase of Just Adventure talks with Scott Adams about himself, his gaming history and other projects.
- Scott Adams Grand Adventures (SAGA) -- The Interactive Fiction designer's web site includes historical information on his classic games and news about his current roles in gaming, both as a player and a programmer.
- Matt Chatt 79 -- Video interview with Scott Adams about how his early days