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Medium[ edit ] Zork I is one of the first interactive fiction games, as well as being one of the first commercially sold. It is one of the most famous interactive fiction games.
Here it is portrayed running on Gargoyle, a modern interpreter. Text adventures are one of the oldest types of computer games and form a subset of the adventure genre. The player uses text input to control the game, and the game state is relayed to the player via text output. Interactive fiction usually relies on reading from a screen and on typing input, although text-to-speech synthesizers allow blind and visually impaired users to play interactive fiction titles as audio games.
Parsers may vary in sophistication; the first text adventure parsers could only handle two-word sentences in the form of verb-noun pairs.
This level of complexity is the standard for works of interactive fiction today. Despite their lack of graphics, text adventures include a physical dimension where players move between rooms.
Many text adventure games boasted their total number of rooms to indicate how much gameplay they offered. This can create mazes that do not behave as players expect, and thus players must maintain their own map.
These illogical spaces are much more rare in today's era of 3D gaming,  and the Interactive Fiction community in general decries the use of mazes entirely, claiming that mazes have become arbitrary 'puzzles for the sake of puzzles' and that they can, in the hands of inexperienced designers, become immensely frustrating for players to navigate.
MUDs, which became popular in the mids, rely on a textual exchange and accept similar commands from players as do works of IF; however, since interactive fiction is single player, and MUDs, by definition, have multiple players, they differ enormously in gameplay styles.
MUDs often focus gameplay on activities that involve communities of players, simulated political systems, in-game trading, and other gameplay mechanics that are not possible in a single player environment.
Writing style[ edit ] Interactive fiction features two distinct modes of writing: As described above, player input is expected to be in simple command form imperative sentences. This is because, unlike in most works of fiction, the main character is closely associated with the player, and the events are seen to be happening as the player plays.
While older text adventures often identified the protagonist with the player directly, newer games tend to have specific, well-defined protagonists with separate identities from the player.
The classic essay "Crimes Against Mimesis"  discusses, among other IF issues, the nature of "You" in interactive fiction.
A typical response might look something like this, the response to "look in tea chest" at the start of Curses: You pick it up anyway, bored as you are. The late Douglas Adams, in designing the IF version of his 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', created a unique solution to the final puzzle of the game: Some IF works dispense with second-person narrative entirely, opting for a first-person perspective 'I' or even placing the player in the position of an observer, rather than a direct participant.
In some 'experimental' IF, the concept of self-identification is eliminated entirely, and the player instead takes the role of an inanimate object, a force of nature, or an abstract concept; experimental IF usually pushes the limits of the concept and challenges many assumptions about the medium.Aug 10, · This is a guest article by Erin Scott.
If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.. It may sound strange to say, but a writer has dark clouds hovering overhead while looking at a blank sheet of paper or the blinking cursor in a . Action scenes serve the same function in your fiction, but they need not be over-the-top to be effective.
A surprise phone call, an unexpected visit, or an ill-timed delay will force your character to respond quickly (rather than reflect), and allows you to advance the plot without miring it in long descriptive passages and explanations.
Genre fiction. Action fiction is a form of genre fiction whose subject matter is characterized by emphasis on exciting action sequences. This does not always mean they exclude character development or story-telling. Action fiction is related to other forms of fiction, including action films, action games and analogous media in other formats such as manga and anime.
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