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17th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition

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 has chosen the Top 48 Interactive Fiction games. [more inside]
posted by Zed on Oct 1, 2011 - 22 comments

The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian discusses ludic narrative and has been filling in by bits and pieces an amazing history of recreational computing and adventure gaming. The Rise of Experiential Games traces the development of Wargames from H.G. Wells' (!) wargame for toy soldiers, Little Wars, to Avalon Hill's Squad Leader; he discusses the development of Dungeons and Dragons (part 2, 3) led to the first CRPGs on PLATO. He'll tell you things you didn't know about Oregon Trail (part 2, 3, 4, 5, postscript, the 1975 source code!), Hunt the Wumpus (part 2), Colossal Cave Adventure (part 2, 3, 4, 5), Eliza (part 2, 3), Scott Adams' games (part 2, 3, 4, 5), the TRS-80 (part 2, 3), the 2 adventuring cultures of university minicomputers and home PCs, and their unlikely bridging. [more inside]
posted by Zed on Sep 11, 2011 - 18 comments

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