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November 14, 2010 10:26 PM   Subscribe

Love interactive fiction? Love your Kindle? Have no net connection? Why not love them both at the same time offline!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Jailbreaking always scares me a little. Can anyone reassure me?

Barring that, why don't they submit the app through Amazon channels?
posted by roll truck roll at 10:59 PM on November 14, 2010


I jailbroke a few weeks ago and haven't had any issues at all. As for submiting through Amazon channels, he's not an official Kindle developer; according to Amazon, space is limited in the development kit beta.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:25 PM on November 14, 2010


And I just jailbroke my new Kindle last night to change the ho-hum default screen saver to something more Lovecraftian! Will give this a shot and report back.
posted by JHarris at 2:04 AM on November 15, 2010


Verdict: Zork 1 started without a hitch, and played through Hitchhiker's Guide up to Prosser lying in front of the bulldozer without any problems. Seems to be okay. Only annoyance was using the Sym key to get to comma, which is required whenever you want to say something to someone else.

By the way, anyone reading this interested in interactive fiction, I greatly recommend Starcross. I loved that when growing up. It's fairly difficult, but that's classic IF for you.
posted by JHarris at 2:45 AM on November 15, 2010


If you do have a 'net connection on your Kindle, you can play lots of games without downloading any at ifiction. You don't need Flash or Javascript or anything, there are virtual machines on the server there, and you send commands to them using ordinary HTML POST commands.
posted by LogicalDash at 5:15 AM on November 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


I got into the genre well after Infocom went pear-shaped, so my introductions were games from the hobby community, especially Emily Short. I remember Metamorphoses fondly, and Galatea is a great demonstration of what's possible in adventure games without puzzles.
posted by LogicalDash at 5:32 AM on November 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


according to Amazon, space is limited in the development kit beta.

The KDK "beta" started in February. In that time I've never seen an actual live copy of the KDK, nor has anyone I know. Whatever the original plan was, it's clear that Amazon currently has no interest in third-party apps. I don't know what the issue is-- if they're afraid of someone abusing whispernet or what-- but it's really disappointing.
posted by phooky at 6:32 AM on November 15, 2010


There's now a nook developer program too. It remains to be seen if it will be a real thing or, as phooky said, a kind of non-event like the Kindle one.
posted by nev at 10:55 AM on November 15, 2010


How does one jailbreak the latest kindle 3G? Links, por favor?
posted by special-k at 1:03 PM on November 15, 2010


special-k, there are jailbreaking directions in the last link.
posted by chairface at 2:36 PM on November 15, 2010


In fact, the jailbreaking directions in the link are out of date. This forum post is updated with new instructions as they become necessary:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004
posted by JHarris at 5:20 PM on November 15, 2010


The Nook sign-up process looks much more open and inviting than the KDK (Kindle Development Kit) sign-up process. I've been waiting on my KDK beta for half a year.

There are a few EA apps and a Scrabble app available on Amazon's site, so it would appear that Amazon gives preferential treatment to large developers.

Which is stupid. Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone were developed by fairly small indie companies. The breakout app/game for the eReader has yet to be written, but it probably won't be written by EA*.

Plus, the Nook is going to crush the Kindle if they get the developer base.

*Yes, EA has now purchased Angry Birds publisher Chillingo, but it was created when they were still a relatively small company.
posted by formless at 7:00 PM on November 15, 2010


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