The Rebirth of Interactive Fiction

Originally published in the BFS Journal #14, Jul 2015 – British Fantasy Society

Text-based adventures were some of our first early videogames to use progression or creation of a narrative as the main method of play. These games first appeared in the 1970s, then became incredibly popular in the 1980s due to their simplicity to create and power. Text-based adventures are merely a subsection of interactive fiction, a cornerstone of games development. This genre has suffered with a fall from grace and was neglected for many years, but now it’s back with a vengeance. more “The Rebirth of Interactive Fiction”