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CD-Rom Game

HOW CAN WE ORDER the holdings of the “new museum” of CD-ROMs? Brøderbund’s classic Myst and its many spawn could be grouped into a “figurative” wing. Abstract games, including Alexey Pajitnov’s Tetris and derivatives such as Endorfun and Zoop, would fill a smaller “Modernist” gallery. Combination or maplike games—fast-action adventures, flight and sports games, and the many Sim games (Sim Ant, Sim Tower)—might be shown in the lobby alongside most “art” releases, the more collagelike works by Laurie Anderson, Todd Rundgren, and others.

While the last two genres may actually be better suited to the medium, the high-end figurative games are the flagships of this nascent industry. State-of-the-art commercial releases now on the shelves include Roberta Williams’ Phantasmagoria, an adult-themed suburban horror “interfilm”; the courtroom drama In the First Degree; and the many games that integrate

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