Edge: The Making of Rogue

"Hello Edge, Welcome to the Dungeons of Doom". To anyone familiar with a game that was to go on to have an almost disproportionate historic significance, and that is still enjoyed by countless gamers today, these innocuous and almost unreasonably cheerful words have an almost mythic resonance. They signalled the beginning of a legendary quest to recover the fabled Amulet of Yendor from a monster-ridden dungeon. Back in 1980, when the original version of Rogue was included in the 4.2 version of BSD UNIX, arcades were home to the likes of Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Asteroids, while the university computers on which the game was created were capable only of games such as Boggle, Quiz, or the influential text-based Adventure.

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