by Med Systems / Screenplay
(Screenplay notched box with Xeroxed back cover)
Second to Scott Adams himself, Jyym Pearson was probably the most
recognized adventure game author to come out of Adventure International.
Pearson, usually with co-authors, worked on a number of the AI
"Other-Ventures" games, including
Curse of Crowley Manor,
Escape from Traam and
Earthquake San Francisco 1906,
as well as the unnumbered adventures Zossed in Space and Saigon:
The Final Days.
Published in 1981, The Institute was Pearson's first game released
outside of Adventure International, though it uses the Other-Ventures game
file format and interpreter. Jyym was still writing games for AI at the
time, and after, so I'm going to speculate that AI directed him to
MedSys / Screenplay whenever his work ventured into the territory of
questionable taste. (The plot of Institute casts you as a mental
patient who escapes his cell, raids the medicine stores, and takes
drug-induced trips to various remote locales. Jyym is also known for
Lucifer's Realm, which according to rumors was the first computer
game to be banned in the U.S.)
Unlike Scott Adams, Jyym Pearson is no longer with us. He succumbed to
terminal cancer (metasticized lymphoma) in 1994.
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