Z MACHINES:- The Z machine, a virtual machine, developed by Joel Berez and Marc Blank in 1979 and used by Infocom for its text adventure games. Infocom compiled game code to files containing instructions (called story files or Z-code files) and could, therefore, port its text adventures to a new platform simply by writing a implementation for that platform. With a large number of incompatible home computer systems in use at the time, this was an important advantage over using native code or developing a compiler for each system.
The “Z” stands for Zork, Infocom’s first adventure game. Z-code files usually have names ending in .z1, .z2, .z3, .z4, .z5, .z6, .z7, or .z8, where the number is the version number on which the file is intended to be run, as given by the first byte of the story file.
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