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Adventure Definition Language

Adventure Definition Language (ADL) is a domain-specific language for creating interactive fiction games or text-based adventure games. ADL was developed in the early 1980s at Infocom, a company known for its text-based adventure games such as Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The language made it easier for writers and game designers to create complex branching narratives filled with puzzles, dynamic characters, and immersive worlds without needing detailed programming skills. ADL was implemented in some early versions of ZIL (Zork Implementation Language), which was used as a development system for Infocom's games. While not widely used outside of Infocom's titles, ADL played an important role in the evolution of storytelling within video games by allowing creators to focus on narrative design rather than low-level coding details.

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