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Nethack in GameSpy's Hall o' Fame

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Nethack in GameSpy's Hall o' Fame

Game News - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Mon 5 January 2004, 14:35:26

Tags: Nethack

GameSpy has put Nethack in their Hall o' Fame. Nethack is one of the big daddies of the rogue-likes, for those who don't know what it is. Here's a clip:

It's no wonder that people have played NetHack for years and have yet to win (or "Ascend," as its called in game terms.) The NetHack UseNet Group continues to thrive, and has even developed its own culture and language. "YASD" means "Yet Another Stupid Death," wherein a promising character is foiled by a terrible coincidence or mistake (like accidently making a human sacrifice at an altar to a lawful God.) "Spoilers" are secrets of the game that are usually more fun when discovered on your own (for instance, try kicking a kitchen sink in the game.) And of course to "Ascend" is to win the game, an accomplishment which is accompanied by posting about your triumph to the newsgroup where you can celebrate among the others who have actually managed to conquer the enormous game and its huge dramatic epilogue.​

YASD is really the whole point of a detailed death system like this game has. Got to love it just for that.

Shame they didn't mention the graphical ones like Falcon's Eye, SLASH'EM, and noeGNUd in this article, but only mention that Nethack is ASCII, which isn't completely true.

Spotted at: RPG Dot

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