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Posts tagged “Emily Short”

George Orwell’s Animal Farm becoming a video game from the makers of Reigns

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first publication of George Orwell's Animal Farm, perhaps the most distressing book for a kid to pick from their parents' shelves when looking for a nice story about horses. In celebration, an official video game adaptation was of Animal Farm has been announced. News of a beloved work of literature becoming a video game should inspired a wariness…

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Feature: Raindrops on kittens and whiskers on roses

Developers of your favourite games share what they’re most proud of making

Times are strange and frightening. But one point of great solace for me has been hearing people celebrating things in their lives. It feels especially important right now to hold on to what makes us all proud about what we do and who we are. And what I really love is people showing off things they’re proud of making.So I’ve been asking a bunch of…

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Feature: Into the swamp

Smarter Than I: How Spirit Ally aims to tackle toxicity

Some of the screenshots in this article contain examples of hate speech being used in in-game chat, including racism, antisemitism and homophobia.The worst part of games are the asshats who play them. I don't mean you, I'm sure you're lovely. I mean the racists who swamped my Mordhau server last night with anti-semitic gibberish. I mean the Dota players who've wished cancer on my mother,…

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Informing You: Text Adventure Tool Inform 7 Has Updated

Inform is one of those tools, like Game Maker and Unity, which unlocks new creativity. It's a programming system for creating text adventures in which you can write your stories using something resembling natural language. It's more complicated than Twine, but also consequently more powerful. It is, basically, good enough that it makes you want to write interactive fiction, even if you've never considered that…

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Feature: Interactive Fanfiction

Absent Heroes: Choose Your Own Interview II

I had a sweet time making the last Choose Your Own Interview, so this time I collaborated with long time Interactive Fiction heroes Adam Cadre, Emily Short and Andrew Plotkin to make you something special. The following is a heady mix of RPS fanfic, Interactive Fiction love letter, and slight autobiographical tendencies. Your secret content this time comes courtesy of a guest appearance by someone…

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Letters Of Love: Galatea

This week will be punctuated by some guest-posts from writer chums of RPS. The first of these is by Lewis Denby, and is about Galatea by Emily Short. I'm writing this with a tear in my eye.I don't cry at games, really. I've been close a couple of times before - Dear Esther's conclusion was particularly heartbreaking, and Braid's general solemness made it somewhat emotionally…

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Word Play

[A version of this feature was originally printed in UK videogames bible Edge. It's about the use of Text in videogames, both in the mainstream and over in the world of Interactive fiction. It features material from Chris Avellone (Planescape Torment), Sheldon Pacotti (Deus Ex), Adam Cadre (Photopia, Shrapnel) and Emily Short (Galatea, Floatpoint). I've expanded it to fit in in some of the quotes…

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