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 for Infocom
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Infocom
   n.
  
      A now-legendary games company, active from 1979 to 1989, that
      commercialized the MDL parser technology used for Zork to produce a line
      of text adventure games that remain favorites among hackers. Infocom's
      games were intelligent, funny, witty, erudite, irreverent, challenging,
      satirical, and most thoroughly hackish in spirit. The physical game
      packages from Infocom are now prized collector's items. After being
      acquired by Activision in 1989 they did a few more ?modern? (e.g.
      graphics-intensive) games which were less successful than reissues of their
      classics.
  
      The software, thankfully, is still extant; Infocom games were written in a
      kind of P-code (called, actually, z-code) and distributed with a P-code
      interpreter core, and not only open-source emulators for that interpreter
      but an actual compiler as well have been written to permit the P-code to be
      run on platforms the games never originally graced. In fact, new games
      written in this P-code are still being written. There is a home page at
      http://www.csd.uwo.ca/Infocom/, and it is even possible to play these games
      in your browser if it is Java-capable.
  

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