Acclaimed interactive fiction guru Emily Short has teamed up with Linden Lab
, the creators of Second Life, to launch Versu
, an interactive storytelling platform that "focuses on character interaction as its primary form of play
." The first two stories are free, and Short says authoring tools are on the way. [more inside]
> examine mourning dress
A black vintage gown trimmed with much lace and dripping with jet beads.
> wave U-remover at mourning dress
There is a flash of psychedelic colors, and the mourning dress turns into a morning dress. An outfit of striped trousers and fancy coat, such as men sometimes wear to fancy weddings in the morning...
: a game of word manipulation.
"The experiences of women may not be easy to portray in the aggressive world of videogames. If such a game is made - and I hope it is - it will be because its creators demanded to be heard. It will be created because women made it." (Source)
While the vast majority of video game titles are designed primarily by men, women have been a part of video game development
since the earliest arcades. Here are some of their games: [more inside]
"You sit down and pull the visor over your head. The visor interior is soft and enveloping. You squeeze the drip tube between your teeth and sickly sweet fluid floods your mouth. Pulses fire into your retinas." howling dogs
is a work of interactive fiction by game designer Porpentine
. It is a strange story about a person who lives in a cell and imagines strange scenes for a living. Endorsed by Emily Short
, and made with Twine
. Takes about 10 to 15 minutes with multiple endings. Via.
"You are a junior spelling champion. Your parents have been teaching you at home since you were four." Bee
: a choose-your-own-bittersweet-coming-of-age novella by Emily Short
. [more inside]
The Twelfth Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
begins today. Non-contestants can take part in the proceedings by grabbing a torrent of the competing games
and judging them
over the next six weeks. If you're new to interactive fiction, Emily Short's "How to Play"
will acquaint you with its conventions. And if you're enough of an I.F. expert that even a full slate of Comp games won't satisfy you, you can find every competition entry since 1995
archived at Baf's Guide.
Pygmalion stories in literature and art.
The myth of the scuptor who fell in love with a statue and prayed for it to be brought to life.
Related :- Galatea
, a piece of interactive fiction which allows you to interact with a interpretation of the living statue (by Emily Short
); Wikipedia entry on the myth.