Just a quick update from a reader of the last entry. Ian Holmes says:
“BTW have you seen the resurgence in free adventure games (rebranded “interactive fiction“)? Free programming systems like Inform (for text adventures with parsers) and Choicescript (for choose-your-own adventures) have generated a massive renaissance and some real artistic/literary progress. Emily Short’s blog is a great place to start. Also see “Get Lamp” documentary which I believe was recently screened on BBC.”
Really interesting stuff. Great to see text adventures maturing in such a literary way.
Inform, in particular looks absolutely fascinating. A natural language adventure game writing system? I would have killed to had that as an 11 year old! Check out this video of how to get started, with Aaron Reed.