Ep. 87: P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A.: Text-Based Resistance

We’re joined by Aaron Reed, creator of a special blog post turned book called 50 Years of Text Games, a project documenting one stand-out text adventure game from every year going all the way back to 1971 (Oregon Trail!). In this episode we look into the 1988 entry, P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A., a political protest game from Czechoslovakia. Aaron helps paint a striking picture of the political and cultural climate at the time which helped forge this, and other, resistive titles. Find out how this game created IRL consequences, both intended and unintended.

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