Randomly throwing words into the "Search Games" field, I came across Ebola Monkey Bingo and was rather intrigued...
There were several versions, 1.0.0, 1.0.1 and 2.0.0, so I figured that I'd check them out and see what a game of Ebola Monkey Bingo might look like. But first, I did some research, and boy!, there's some amusing history behind this peculilarly named freeware game.
Released in 1997 by Argus IG, the game's programmer, one Jason Salisbury, took to the internet discussion medium du jour that was (and still is, more on that in a later article) Usenet. Clearly being an eager young soul, he spammed the holy hell out of a bunch of Usenet newsgroups with his wares with the following or similar:
Such was life in the early days of the internet. There was a not inconsiderable backlash, though, and controversy quickly arose from one of the targeted newsgroups. Users of alt.consumers.sweepstakes began to post messages claiming that the erstwhile Mr Salisbury was actually circulating a virus, accusations that were quickly and aggressively rebuffed by the said accused. One thing led to another, and Mr Salisbury had his internet account terminated. This made Wired.com, and their article on the sordid affair can be read here: https://www.wired.com/1997/03/earthlink-spanks-ebola-monkey-bingo-author/
I love the quote from the last paragraph from Mr Salisbury: "Admittedly, I'm extremely belligerent..." Oh, Internet! You and your drama!
Interestingly, and via the miracle of Google Group's Usenet archive, there is a coda to the Wired story posted as a quasi press release by Argus IG:
Anyway, does the game live up the hype? Frankly, no! It seems to be entirely without any element of skill or wit, just a randomised "click a monkey, if it's got ebola, game over" mechanic. Garbage! Give it a try if you wish, here's a link to all three versions of the game: http://vintageapplemac.com/search/games.php?s=Ebola
Ok, other than the amusing drama, this was a poor choice for the first ever game review on VintageAppleMac.com. I shall try in future to be a little more discerning and a little less swayed by comedy gold.
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