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Posts tagged “Interactive Fiction Comp”

Feature: Meta-romance

S.EXE: Creatures Such As We

When Max Payne, the dark bullet-time Sam Spade-'em-up game came out in 2001, I thought it possessed a most ingenious game meta-narrative moment. (I was sixteen, and I was easily wowed.) If my memory serves correctly, at one point our raspy-voiced Phillip Marlowe stand-in Max is injected with an overdose of the drug Valkyrie, a heroinesque substance, and hallucinates for a few levels. At one…

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Freeware Garden: HHH

Hugo's House of Horrors, the parser driven shareware adventure game I played back during the dark days of the 5.25" floppy, was a demented and, many would argue, nonsensical game. It did have a charming, odd, b-movie feel to it, but it played like a drunken person's Maniac Mansion. For some weird reason though, and despite forcing me to smash a pumpkin just to grab…

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Freeware Garden: Hill 160

Very few games attempt to convey the complete and utter terror of war, to avoid any sort of jingoism, and to still create a sense of desperate excitement. Even fewer succeed. Hill 160, rather impressively, is one of the latter. What's more, as one 2014's more traditional IFComp entries, it accomplishes that using nothing more than text. Glorious, evocative text that paints an atmosphere of complete…

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Freeware Garden: Zest

Being a Lemonista in Sufferette City during the year's hottest week doesn't really sound like the ideal thing to do. Not when you have a drug addiction to support, face a severe lack of funds and are battling with the notion of religion. Then again, splashes of humour aside, Zest really isn't trying to be a jolly game. It's about depression, drugs, metaphysics, personal hygiene and…

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Feature: "poignant, beautiful misery"

Interacting With Fictions: Eurydice

RPS friend and ally Leigh Alexander writes a short series about Interactive Fiction. This is part one. Interactive fiction was my first love, before the arms race. I’m the war bride waiting at the docks for the great return. In the meanwhile, there’s the Interactive Fiction Comp, my annual love letter, the missive that lets me know that the singular creature I adore above all…

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