Andy Baio, an independent journalist and programmer living in Portland (USA), has just published on his website a detailed article about "Restaurant", the aborted sequel to the Infocom classic text adventure game "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy".
He gives a lot of details and you can even play an unfinished version of Restaurant!
"From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documenting the rise and fall of the legendary interactive fiction game company. Among the assets included: design documents, email archives, employee phone numbers, sales figures, internal meeting notes, corporate newsletters, and the source code and game files for every released and unreleased game Infocom made.
For obvious reasons, I can't share the whole Infocom Drive. But I have to share some of the best parts. It's just too good.
So let's start with the most notorious — Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the unreleased sequel to Infocom's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For the first time, here's the full story: with never-before-seen design documents, internal emails, and two playable prototypes. Sit back, this might take a while."
The article has provoked a lot of reactions from the people involved in the game at the time (Steve Meretzky, Michael Bywater,...).
Don't miss the article. It's history!