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Secret Writer's Society

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (405.17 MB)
MD5: 0a086ab79775cadfd4c7bc7e20708f88
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Secret_Writers_Society.toast_.sit (241.55 MB)
MD5: 2605ae63d1f1a1ef800ea6206a841858
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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This is version 2.0 of Secret Writer's Society, an educational game that was supposed to teach kids how to write well. Instead, it became infamous. The game had a text-to-speech feature that would read back what you wrote, and under the right circumstances in the Macintosh version of the game, it would read a list of obscenities instead. Anti-corporate activist group RTMark claimed this was an act of sabotage by one of the programmers, but Panasonic disputed this. (The Obscuritory - For Games Unplayed and Unknown). This version has the text-to-speech issue.

DL #1 contains a bin/cue image of this mixed mode disc (Internet Archive). Use with Toast on a Mac or ImgBurn in Windows (or equivalent) to burn a physical CD that contains the hybrid Mac/PC data track as well as the audio tracks.

DL #2 is a disc image of the hybrid Mac/PC data track alone.

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)


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by SkyCapt - 2018, April 25 - 12:56am

Under the "right" circumstances, Right Said Fred sounds like he has tourette's syndrome, it's not a bug it's a feature! Putting a list of dirty words into kids software is like telling Spotlight which folders NOT to search, what could possibly go wrong?. Aren't these the same people who now build self-driving automobiles?

Anyway I can't reproduce the ranting I heard in the video linked above. Either this isn't the bad version (some important file dates look updated), or it needs something like older than OS 9.2.1 that doesn't keep so much text-to-speech (TTS) in RAM. I tried Classic mode in Tiger, then I tried booting OS 9.2.1 from a USB thumbdrive which when in OS9 has a drive speed of USB1 less than 1.5MB/sec, still it seemed "ok" for the crappy program it is.

Was it only the Mac version which had the mouth of a sailor, cuz the disc image is hybrid?