The Gilded Century

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Life, February 25, 1946

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Life, February 25, 1946

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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Review

You know how when you give a hot dog vendor a gift certificate, he gives you a hot dog, which you in turn give to a break dancer so he’ll squeeze through the bars of a fence to retrieve a drawing? And how, when you say hi to every person in your family’s tomb, a rat runs by to smash a vase that gives you twenty dollars? Gabriel Knight inhabits a world where cause is irreconcilably divorced from effect and logic is on permanent holiday. That isn’t necessarily bad, mind you. To a certain extent all video games abide by rules that are both arbitrary and absurd by normal standards, but we play them anyway because we’re eventually able to lock in and figure out how the world works.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition emerges from the mists of the past like a shambling beast, a great unwieldy reminder of the enormous leaps of logic that made up adventure games of yore. Unfortunately, titans don’t age well. They slouch into a present that has no place for them, dependent on our lingering nostalgia and affection to revisit something that’s aged as well as carbon paper. The new Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers boasts vastly improved 3D graphics, a re-recorded musical score, re-recorded voice acting, and a new interface, but its original gameplay has also been preserved in all its incoherent glory. In a time when adventure games have largely ditched obscure object puzzles in favor of telling stories, the mechanics of Gabriel Knight resemble an early computer: an unwieldy device made before the concept of the User Friendliness entered the popular mindset.

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Astounding Science Fiction, January, 1946

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Astounding Science Fiction, January, 1946

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Amazing Stories, October, 1936
At last!

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Amazing Stories, October, 1936

At last!

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Life, June 4, 1945

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Amazing Stories, April, 1937

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Amazing Stories, April, 1937