Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SocietyMassCom: Interactivity and IF (W13-P1) Fa17

Ever read any of the books from the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) series?

How were these books different compared to "regular" books?

Were they interactive?  How so?

interactivity: "For digital-media purposes, it consists of three main elements: (1) a dialog that occurs between a human and a computer program, (2) a dialog that occurs simultaneously or nearly so, and (3) the audience has some measure of control over what media content it sees and in what order." (Pavlik & McIntosh).

This definition work for a CYOA book?  Why, why not?

Ever play any interactive fiction?

interactive fiction: "often abbreviated IF, is software simulating environments in which players use text commands to control characters and influence the environment" (Wikipedia).

One of the first IF games was Colossal Cave Adventure.

Before the fancy graphics of video games, text-based games like Colossal Cave Adventure, were the first forms of interactive fiction.

Let's play.

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