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Twisty Little Passages : An Approach to Interactive Fiction - Nick Montfort

Twisty Little Passages

An Approach to Interactive Fiction

Paperback Published: 11th February 2005
ISBN: 9780262633185
Number Of Pages: 302
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Interactive fiction--the best-known form of which is the text game or text adventure--has not received as much critical attention as have such other forms of electronic literature as hypertext fiction and the conversational programs known as chatterbots. "Twisty Little Passages" (the title refers to a maze in "Adventure," the first interactive fiction) is the first book-length consideration of this form, examining it from gaming and literary perspectives. Nick Montfort, an interactive fiction author himself, offers both aficionados and first-time users a way to approach interactive fiction that will lead to a more pleasurable and meaningful experience of it. "Twisty Little Passages" looks at interactive fiction beginning with its most important literary ancestor, the riddle. Montfort then discusses "Adventure" and its precursors (including the I Ching and "Dungeons and Dragons"), and follows this with an examination of mainframe text games developed in response, focusing on the most influential work of that era, "Zork." He then considers the introduction of commercial interactive fiction for home computers, particularly that produced by Infocom. Commercial works inspired an independent reaction, and Montfort describes the emergence of independent creators and the development of an online interactive fiction community in the 1990s. Finally, he considers the influence of interactive fiction on other literary and gaming forms. With "Twisty Little Passages," Nick Montfort places interactive fiction in its computational and literary contexts, opening up this still-developing form to new consideration.

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"Anyone interested in the use of technology for artistic and cultural purposes should crack open Twisty Little Passages." - Book Bytes"

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Pleasure of the Text Adventurep. 1
Riddlesp. 37
Adventure and Its Ancestorsp. 65
Zork and Other Mainframe Worksp. 95
Infocom and Commercial Beginningsp. 119
Different Visions Worldwidep. 169
The Independentsp. 193
Interactive Fiction in Our Culturep. 223
Interactive Fiction Works Citedp. 235
Secondary Sourcesp. 247
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780262633185
ISBN-10: 0262633183
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 11th February 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41