Jerz: New Media Projects (EL405)


12 Sep 2006

Interactive Fiction (TBA)

You and your partner will choose a game to play. The game you choose should have a tone or setting that is similar to the one you are working on. You might choose a gothic mystery, a light-hearted romance, a sword-and-sorcery spoof, or a puzzlefest.

I'll be happy to help you find listings and reviews that will help you guide your choice. Games that were entered as part of the Interactive Fiction Competition are designed to be played in about two hours.

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Do you recommend any games with chidren as characters?

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2006 3:56 PM

Hmm... The protagonist of Winter Wonderland is a young girl.

http://www.lauraknauth.com/Winter/winter.html#Game

There's also a category of games aimed at young players:

http://wurb.com/if/genre/5

For other categories, check out this page:

http://wurb.com/if/genre

The games I asked you to play for class are all playable in a web browser, but most will require you to install a free interpreter of some sort (the engine that lets you play the storyfile).

The most popular storyfiles are Z-Code (which is what Inform 7 produces). Windows Frotz

http://mirror.ifarchive.org/if-archive/infocom/interpreters/frotz/WindowsFrotz.zip

For Macs, but I've heard good things about Spatterlight

http://ccxvii.net/spatterlight/

There are a few other Mac alternatives and some options for Linux, too, on this page

http://nickm.com/if/faq.html#How_can_I_download_and_play_IF.3F

There are also several other frormats besides the Z-Code, that have produced good games. You'll find information about them on the above link.

Once you find the game you want to play, I'll be happy to help you figure out how (or whether) you can actually play it.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 9, 2006 4:55 PM

The IF game is not the one we are doing for the Catholic Social Teaching project correct?

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at September 11, 2006 4:04 PM

For the CST project (Project 1), the medium is up to you.

You can pick any theme you want for the IF minigame we're working on now.

Did that answer your question?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 11, 2006 4:32 PM

Dr. Jerz, would you like us to play this game before class, or is this something we will do during class? I ask because of the "Assigned Text" heading I saw on the main page.

Posted by: ChrisU at September 11, 2006 11:04 PM

Question answered. Thank you.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at September 12, 2006 12:22 PM
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