Chapter 9. Interactive Fiction
Interactive Fiction is something of a parallel universe to video games. The two genres are so different that interactive fiction thrives in complete isolation from the video games universe. Few video game aficionados play interactive fiction, and few interactive fiction enthusiasts play video games. Interactive fiction has matured on its own path and has come a long way since its earliest days.
Interactive fiction all started with a game called Adventure, which was built for mainframe computers in 1976. Because it was played on conventional computer terminals, which had no graphics capability, it was implemented entirely in text. The user typed commands, and the software responded with text. That ...