is an in-progress Interactive Fiction competition where all the games are based on a song chosen partially by the intfiction boards and partially by the game's author. While the voting/judging is ongoing, all the games submitted for the competition have been released
and are playable now!
My family lived on the southern edge of a certain Midwestern industrial city in an old house, old enough that its basement still had a dirt floor
I was not yet old enough to openly question a parent's behavior, but certainly old enough to recognize its oddness, when my father began digging
Two men sit in this room, spinning non-linear yarns about the creation of interactive fiction. One sits at a small table. Another stands by a shelf along the wall, which is filled with many grey, rectangular objects that you can't quite make out from here.
You can see a small door, a small table, a shelf, Dave and Steve here.
is a short piece of interactive fiction about a mom who plays games, and her family that doesn't. [more inside]
is the winner of 2011's Interactive Fiction Competition
). According to Emily Short
, "Taco Fiction
has been the most purely enjoyable experience of the comp so far, full of entertaining twists and surprises, fair puzzles, and a forgiving design that lets you go back for objects left behind or tasks not completed." [more inside]
The 17th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
has begun (voting is open until November 15.) Most of the games can be played online
in your browser; all are available for download.
Meanwhile, the intfiction forum
the Top 48 Interactive Fiction games
. [more inside]
), a much renowned author of interactive fiction
(works include Spider and Web
, The Dreamhold
), is quitting his day job, and going to try and create text adventures full time
, starting with Hadean Lands: An Interactive Alchemical Interplanetary Thriller (teaser scene)
, for iOS devices. He's using Kickstarter
to help fund it, and has already raised over $11,000, $3000 over his goal, in less than a day's time.
) [more inside]
The Art of Videogames
, a Smithsonian American Art Museum
exhibit set to open in March 2012, has been featured on CNN today.
But you don't have to wait until 2012 to get your fix of gaming history. CNN has let the cat out of the scanner: our very own Jason Scott
) has finished GET LAMP
. It's now shipping
! [more inside]
Choice of the Dragon
is a web-based cyoa
/adventure gamebook thingy by choiceofgames
, including links to their free ChoiceScript
Web-dispersed storytelling reminiscent of the some of the stuff in We Tell Stories
to promote the free interactive fiction game Blue Lacuna
from Aaron A. Reed
, the creator of the excellent interactive fiction title Whom the Telling Changed
. Caveat: the ending is only available (afaik) on a (free) postcard so if you don't feel comfortable giving up a mailing address, you won't see the ending.
Remember Zork, Planetfall, and the other creations of late game company Infocom? Well, "interactive fiction," as the format is called, is still alive and well. Every year the IF community -- which is known for releasing work of quality far surpassing even Infocom's masterpieces -- holds a competition for short works, and this year's contestants have been released!
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