In which I don't bother to asssign a subtitle.
This April 1 two separate mainstream websites launched a prank that mapped adventure game-type controls to their website. This got me thinking, is it time to revisit how we build and play Interactive Fiction?
Both XKCD and Woot applied game elements to their website on Thursday. Woot’s appears to be static HTML and more ‘choose your own adventure’ than IF. However XKCD’s interface (based off WordPress theme CLI), though limited, was clearly in the spirit of IF. It required text commands, had the standard navigation, included the use of an item, and (of course) involved a grue.
Now, I know that IF is a field that sort of relishes its obscurity, however, I think that a properly put together IF in an interface that didn’t require the installation of strange and unusual programs, might meet with more success and would certainly appeal to a wider audience.