All Hail Ben Burry’s Prakbot

by danhon

So my mate Ben, senior uber developer at Mind Candy has written this here thing called PrakBot.

It goes a bit like this:

  • Take, say, Skype
  • (in fact, don’t take Skype. Its API is pants and requires you to run a fucking client, the full client, in order to do anything. Use something more sensible, like Jabber)
  • Have Ben “accidentally” hook Skype up to, say, a Z-machine interpreter.
  • If you know what a Z-machine interpreter is, then you’re probably wetting your pants right now.
  • “Accidentally” come across a copy of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Z machine file
  • Let it loose in the office
  • Give it a weekend
  • Have Ben re-implement the whole thing in something slightly saner, like, say, XMPP

You get The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy over Jabber. Or, really, any Z-machine game. HA!