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Vicious Cycles, and HTML text adventure
May 27, 2011 8:37 PM   Subscribe

Vicious Cycles is a text adventure converted into HTML, and the results are pretty great.

(Any resemblance to a certain Jake Gyllenhaal movie is purely coincidental)
posted by The Devil Tesla (22 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very clever use of the medium. Still, I was a bit surprised at how much the latency of loading a web page for each "move" broke the immersiveness of the experience. (Especially since some sequences consisted just of statically reloading the same three pages in sequence.) It made me start to dread each time through the cycle.
posted by grimmelm at 9:41 PM on May 27, 2011


Source Code
posted by surewouldoutlaw at 10:03 PM on May 27, 2011


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CASE in /home3/bloomeng/public_html/cycles/story.php on line 901
Riveting.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:52 PM on May 27, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yep, broken for me in Firefox 4.
posted by auto-correct at 11:19 PM on May 27, 2011


And Chrome 12. Sorry.
posted by anigbrowl at 11:56 PM on May 27, 2011


The title is a reference to some kind of vicious cycle of website errors, right? Although I only see one and can't work out how to get to the next one.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 1:09 AM on May 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm also getting the error with Opera, Firefox and IE.
posted by bjrn at 1:58 AM on May 28, 2011


Vicious Cycles?

What I thought of initially.
posted by wires at 2:12 AM on May 28, 2011


You can also play the original IF game in your browser via Javascript z-code interpreter Parchment.
posted by seikleja at 2:57 AM on May 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meta.
posted by hudders at 4:20 AM on May 28, 2011


Busted in Safari, too. Nice game.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 5:40 AM on May 28, 2011


Uh, does this work in any browser, or am I missing something here?
posted by yeoz at 6:01 AM on May 28, 2011


There was a Pan-American Airways label attached to the grip. It said Miss T. Case. T?
Bond walked back to the chair. Teresa? Tess? Thelma? Trudy? Tilly?
James Bond will return in unexpected T_STRING.
posted by kirkaracha at 8:19 AM on May 28, 2011


Getting that error in Chrome. Email sent.
posted by doctornemo at 8:57 AM on May 28, 2011


huh, weird. This worked for me last night, but I'm seeing that same error now; maybe we broke it.
posted by vorfeed at 12:43 PM on May 28, 2011


Oh no we broke it D: Try to imagine it working and then comment on how awesome it is.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 2:01 PM on May 28, 2011


Hey, it started working again! And it's a neat little game.
posted by bjrn at 12:38 AM on May 29, 2011


I tried it and it does look interesting, although after about 8 tries I still can't get past the train part.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 4:39 AM on May 29, 2011


It took a while but it was fun...
posted by schyler523 at 6:21 PM on May 29, 2011


I tried it and it does look interesting, although after about 8 tries I still can't get past the train part.

You're suppose to fail a few times. Just get off the train; just watch, don't interfere.
posted by Deathalicious at 7:34 AM on May 30, 2011


It's back up. Bloom designer emailed me back, after I complained.

This is going to eat the next hour.
posted by doctornemo at 8:11 AM on May 30, 2011


Nice story. I needed to hit the hint button a couple of times.
posted by doctornemo at 10:26 AM on May 30, 2011


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