Once upon a time, when the web was still young...
March 21, 2007 4:02 PM   Subscribe

The Addventures. Imagine the possibilities of an interactive web, but before Flash, before Java, before video plugins, before anything but text and graphics (and graphics take up so much bandwidth!). Addventures came out of this era, and over the years there have been quite a few (not all paths SFW) incarnations of the concept. You can even roll your own with open source. Can you find your old stories?
posted by mazatec (11 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
In junior high, I spent hours extending these games between classes. I seem to remember making lots of Doom references...
posted by mazatec at 4:03 PM on March 21, 2007

Um I think Andrew just raped me?
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:31 PM on March 21, 2007

truly compelling
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:34 PM on March 21, 2007

Funny how revealing some of these are:

You're flying through the air with Kerri...what a beautiful girl...funny that you noticed just now...flying...flying with Kerri...if only this moment would last forever...you begin thinking of other times...other girls...if only you had cherished those moments...this moment too would end...all too soon...falling...falling with Kerri...you smile and grasp her hand firmly...you look at her...she smiles at you...if only you would never land...it was inevitable of course...all good things end sometime...but one can dream, can't he?...endlessly falling...embracing Kerri...

Followed by:

a tear trickles trepidly down your cheek...forever locked in the arms of sweet, sweet Kerri...until the bitter, vile end...endlessly caressing...kissing...you weep uncontrolabley...never...you'll never let her go...when will it all stop?...never...

Livejournal/Myspace before there were such things. Someone needed a hug.
posted by mazatec at 4:44 PM on March 21, 2007

How in the world did I not know about this?

I was in a virtual professional wrestling club when I was a kid. The matches would take place in IRC, using a system of dice and points. But the real magic was the message boards, in which people wouid write their characters into interviews, sketches, etc. It was great.

I held the world title belt for about a month. Shortly after I was beat, the whole thing collapsed. I've always regretted that match. If it weren't for that match, I would have "Virtual Wrestling Revolution - World Champion" permanently on my resume.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:46 PM on March 21, 2007 [2 favorites]

Oh god. I think, if I looked hard enough, I'd be able to find some very meh-worthy text of my own in there involving a sewer and a dinosaur and some awful, awful puns.

Somebody post some LambdaMOO logs next, so I can cringe even harder at my own Internet Childhood.
posted by cortex at 4:55 PM on March 21, 2007

Wow. Did a search. AddVenture has never been mentioned before in MeFi? Wow. I thought for sure that MeFi wass where I found out about it. Aeons ago. God, I feel old.

I probably have a page or two in there somewhere. Have no idea how to ascertain where it is, and I'd probably be flabbergasted at what pretentious twaddle I left behind. I'm not a fan of my own past work.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:02 PM on March 21, 2007

Oooh, this is neat. I may have to start one.
posted by brundlefly at 5:27 PM on March 21, 2007

I'm planning on setting one up as an adjunct to the girlfriend's online writing workshop I host...
posted by Samizdata at 6:22 PM on March 21, 2007

Who, amusingly enough, is named Keri...
posted by Samizdata at 8:49 PM on March 21, 2007

Wow. I added to this thing using AOL in the '90s.
posted by The White Hat at 8:55 PM on March 21, 2007

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