2A Short History of Interactivity



Interactivity is not new. It is one of the oldest forms of human endeavor. Commerce has always been interactive. You have something I want. I have the cash. We make a deal. You get my money. I get what you’ve got. We interact every step of the way.

Learning is a similar process. You have a skill. I want to learn it. You show me how. I try to do it, too. You correct my mistakes, I get it right, and I’ve learned.

Throughout this book a recurring theme will be that interactive entertainment is perhaps the most difficult kind of interactivity to achieve. And yet, even in the field of entertainment, interactivity has been around since the dawn of time.

The ancient storytellers who gathered crowds around the campfire ...

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