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"Choose Your Own Adventure" On Your iPhone

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the turn-to-page-14 dept.

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If you spent a good portion of your childhood reading the classic "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, you'll be glad to know that you can soon waste countless hours at work turning to random pages on your iPhone. Edward Packard, one of the original authors of the series, has helped create an app called U-Ventures which uses special effects to create a story in the traditional Choose Your Own Adventure format. From the article: "The first U-Venture is a sort of a sequel to a classic title, The Cave of Time. In 'Return to the Cave of Time,' the U-Venture, 'you go back in the cave — you don't have a choice on that,' Packard tells NPR's Neal Conan. But from that point on, the reader chooses her own course."

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Oh, really (5, Insightful)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285668)

Is anything so simple and trivial that it can be done in basic HTML suddenly news when you can add the words "on the iPhone"? Still, after all these years? It's as if Slashdot has a spam filter that is automatically bypassed by the phrase.

Re:Oh, really (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33285788)

Wait till you see the next article - a nostalgic snake game for the iphone done *entirely in JavaScript*. The app actually opens a browser for you. And the web page is public [patorjk.com] . But there's now an app that opens that web page FOR you.

Now that's revolutionary.

A nasty looking dwarf throws a knife at you! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288140)

Port the InfoCom stuff. And Colossal Cave. Render the glowing, green text to resemble the phosphor of a slump-back Tektronix terminal, like the computing labs had in 1979.

Re:Oh, really (1)

swrider (854292) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288814)

I think that process is patented.

Re:Oh, really (1)

rxan (1424721) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285872)

I call slashvertisement.

Re:Oh, really (1, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286074)

The slashvertisement tag is redundant in the apple section.

(Press releases for hipsters. Stuff that's shiny.)

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33287718)

Is anything so simple and trivial that it can be done in basic HTML suddenly news when you can add the words "on the iPhone"?

I call slashvertisement.

The slashvertisement tag is redundant in the apple section.

Great... now I have nothing more to say. Thanks, guys. Why am I even posting?

Re:Oh, really (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288822)

Yep. An ad.

Choose-Your-Own Adventure lost its appeal for me once I got my first 8-bit computer. Text adventures like Zork or graphics adventures like Activision's MindShadow offer the same appeal, but with many more forks that the limited ~200 page book format. In fact, here is Zork if you want it for your iGadget: http://www.crunchgear.com/2007/08/14/zork-for-the-iphone-you-were-eaten-by-a-grue/ [crunchgear.com]

Heck you could turn your iPhone into a Commodore=64 if you wish and play any of its ~5,000 game library

Re:Oh, really (3, Interesting)

Psaakyrn (838406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285874)

Maybe because it's already done? http://www.writing.com/main/list_items/num_type/5000 [writing.com]

Re:Oh, really (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286070)

This is pretty cool and something I've never considered getting into before however I don't think your linked site goes far enough.

Imagine a site that not only allowed you to collaborate on interactive stories but also added inventory, hit points, etc. Basically pre-recorded D&D in text form. Anything out there similar to that?

Re:Oh, really (1)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286706)

Imagine a site that not only allowed you to collaborate on interactive stories but also added inventory, hit points, etc. Basically pre-recorded D&D in text form. Anything out there similar to that?

Most MUDs? Granted, they won't all meet your personal standard of what's close enough to that description, but there's enough variety out there that at least one should.

Re:Oh, really (1)

DLWormwood (154934) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287878)

Project Aon is an effort to post the old Lone Wolf game books to the webpage medium...

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home [projectaon.org]

I'm also seeing similar book apps in the App Store which give the player a chance to pick starting stats to influence gameplay progression. (One I found involved the player RPing as a dragon, hoarding treasure and defending territory from other dragons and human kings and wizards. I forgot the name, though.)

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286082)

That is just the reason it is news. I mean, we should all be outraged because the bloody thing was implemented in a proprietary language, instead of HTML.

Re:Oh, really (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288734)

What "proprietary language" was this game implemented in?

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286240)

I think we come here just to read the commentary from the folks who complain about Apple posts while contributing to the problem. I find it karmic somehow...

Re:Oh, really (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288308)

I think we come here just to read the commentary from the folks who complain about Apple posts while contributing to the problem.

How does complaining that Slashdot stories shouldn't be used for spam/advertising, add to the problem? Does their response somehow result in more spam stories being posted? That makes no sense.

There are plenty of other sites if you have software to advertise (Download.com, Freshmeat, etc). I write in my spare time for Windows and Symbian (both platforms far bigger than Iphone, incidentally), yet I don't expect Slashdot to cover any releases I make.

Re:Oh, really (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289614)

I think he is just saying (and if he wasn't, I am) that any Apple story is must-read on /. because of the winning formula of 'slashvertisement', accusations of pro-Apple bias on the part of some editors, and the requisite cast of fanboy jokes.

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286298)

To add to your comment, even if this was news it isn't. There are already such books on the iTunes store for months or more. For example the fighting fantasy books. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_Fantasy

Re:Oh, really (1)

mahiskali (1410019) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286546)

I truly don't understand how this is "news for nerds, stuff that matters". Oh wait, it's for the iPhone. Really? I mean honestly...this is so innovative and new?

Re:Oh, really (3, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286954)

What's really sad is that Choose Your Own Adventure books have been available ever since the iPhone got the Kindle app. So this isn't even something new to the iPhone.

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33289356)

Yes, and there was Gift in April and Kira Kira in November.
And ONScripter has been ported to the Iphone, so that would also bring quite a variety of titles to the platform.

Re:Oh, really (2, Insightful)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286958)

It's not just that these new books are for the iPhone, but that it's Edward Packard writing them.

Re:Oh, really (2, Insightful)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287610)

Wrong. Slashdot would never have mentioned it if he did it for any other medium. Ever looked at the Apple section? Of course you have -- you can't block it from the front page (just like Idle). It's just an endless stream of raw advertising sewage. All just to keep Apple relevant, and Slashdot irrelevant.

Re:Oh, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33288784)

Do you need me to call the waaahmbulance after I change your diaper?

Re:Oh, really (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288790)

If you switch back to the Classic view, you can block Apple, Idle, Your Rights Online, etc. With the Dynamic index, so far as I can tell you can only block "editors" (useful for kdawson stories). Am I missing something, or is the Classic view actually more functional than the Dynamic one in this regard?

Re:Oh, really (0)

williamhb (758070) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287754)

Is anything so simple and trivial that it can be done in basic HTML suddenly news when you can add the words "on the iPhone"?

But the iPhone let them add a few extra features over just plain HTML. If you hold don't hold the iPhone exactly right, you get eaten by a grue.

Re:Oh, really (1)

tkohler (806572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288456)

It would be more interesting if the (i)Phone gave you options in real life. E.g., "You had a fight with your girlfriend. Do you 1.)Post a rant on Facebook (click here) or 2.) Order her flowers (click here). Each click would perform the request (post a rant or buy flowers) and lead you to the next step in your adventure. Your entire life could be driven by phone-led decisions about what to do (and buy)! Do you: 1.) Mod up (click here) 2.) Wish you had a girlfriend instead (click here)

Re:Oh, really (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288648)

Indeed. Nothing beats the Access this webpage On The Iphone [slashdot.org] story - although this story is basically "You can run this app On The Iphone", which comes pretty close.

Using phones to access the web or run apps stopped being impressive around 2003, and could be done even by dirt cheap "feature" phones by 2005. But now in 2010 with all the Iphone hype, it's like we've gone backwards technologically in terms of phone expectations. Next thing you know, Apple users will be pleased if they can even make a phone call without problems...

Well fuck... (2, Interesting)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285680)


I'm writing some text adventures for iPhone and Android at the moment. Beaten to market by a few months! Ah well, it's a pretty obvious update to the old books. I imagine we'll see a lot of these. They can be pretty fun.

Wow, iPhone SPAM on Slashdot? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33285720)

Ten years ago who would have believed Slashdot would turn into an Apple PR/SPAM site?

Re:Wow, iPhone SPAM on Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286032)

Ten years ago who would have believed Slashdot would turn into an Apple PR/SPAM site?

Nobody, unless Netcraft confirmed it.

Re:Well fuck... (1)

tareko (1002904) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285922)

Beaten to market by a few months!

I think being a bit delayed can be quite positive for your project. Sure, no first mover advantage. But at least now you can see ahead of time what works and what might not and adjust accordingly.

Re:Well fuck... (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285942)


True. My consolation is that the idea itself isn't original. There's a certain inevitability to text adventures appearing on mobile devices. The selling point is going to have to be the quality of the adventure rather than that it exists. At least after the initial Slashvertisment wears off.

Thanks,
H.

Re:Well fuck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286466)

On an unrelated note, if you absolutely must use Slashdot for inconsequential chitchat, would you do us the favor of starting your posts on the first line so the one-line preview actually works?

Re:Well fuck... (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286686)

On an unrelated note, if you absolutely must use Slashdot for inconsequential chitchat, would you do us the favor of starting your posts on the first line so the one-line preview actually works?

Sorry - noted on both issues. I didn't know about the one-line preview thing as I've never used it. In my defence, I'd like to plead it's a pretty inconsequential story. ;)

Re:Well fuck... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287814)

I didn't know about the one-line preview thing as I've never used it.

Eh... not sure how you miss the one-liner previews (unless you just have all comments either hidden or full – it’s the “Abbreviated” threshold in the D2 system). In any case, I suggest also selectively using <quote> instead of <blockquote> when you want the preview to skip the quotation and show your comment.

I.e. the Abbreviated form of your post shows your quotation – “On an unrelated note, if you absolutely must use Slashdot for inconsequential”, but the Abbreviated form of my post will skip the part where I quoted you and instead show the beginning of my reply.

The only time I use <blockquote> is when I specifically want the one-line preview to show the quotation (usually because I’m quoting Wikipedia or somesuch).

Re:Well fuck... (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286486)

If it works for them find your inner Microsoft and clone the look and feel.
If they dont get the look and feel right, find your inner Linux and make it work.
Dont do a Google and keep MACS.
Soon you will be rich like Jobs.
Dont Wozniak any aircraft.

Re:Well fuck... (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288232)

The books are better. You could read backwards to figure out the page numbers you'd need to take to "win", then read the adventure forwards. I can't see how that would work on the iPhone.

does it have a point in this medium? (3, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285696)

The thing that made choose-your-own-adventure books interesting was essentially hacking a limited notion of interactivity into a non-interactive medium, by asking users to manually enact GOTOs. But on a computer, we have interaction sort of built in, so the hack is uninteresting. Sure, you can still do it, and people might still like reading them, but it's not really its own category of thing, and we've had it forever. You can do it with a set of HTML pages linked to each other, or before that, with hypercard pages, and people actually did so, a long time ago [wikipedia.org] , and did it more interestingly.

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (4, Informative)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285748)

Yup. I've been rereading the old Lone Wolf gamebooks over at Project Aon [projectaon.org] which use the hypertext route really well. They've got a couple programs which let you run the books after download, all permitted under license of course, the one I'm enjoying using the most is Seventh Sense [projectaon.org] . It's a nice way of cutting down on the annoyances of using a book - keeping track of the math and the rules, losing your place - but there's something to be said for the charm of doing it oldschool.

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285976)

Wow, I haven't heard anything about those books in years (decades, even).

Awesome site. Thank you.

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286018)

Yeah I was suprised too, made for a great way to burn through a Saturday. Apparently they've recently been re-released and partially rewritten by the author (the first book is now 450 pages and the origin story retooled for instance). I haven't given the new ones a look yet but the info can be found here [mongoosepublishing.com] .

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

zoward (188110) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286248)

Cool - I'm going to have to burn some time on this after work. Thanks for the reference!

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289426)

Wow, I haven't read a Lone Wolf book since 1994 or so. Good times!

I got inspired by Lone Wolf and created a Hypercard program (1992, I was 12 at the time) that served as a framework for creating (and then playing) those types of books.

For creating the books, it had a nice branching builder that let you input text/images/sounds for each page, then you could indicate which branch went where, input more text/images/sounds, insert battles and encounters, etc. It also supported a "plug-in" structure where you could get a new "book" (a Hypercard stack, of course) and install it into your existing Hypercard stack that served as the main program. I was very into Hypercard extensions and cross-stack communication, so it was a great way to test out all that stuff. And the whole time I was trying to fit it all onto a 1.4MB floppy since that's how it would have been distributed (in 1992, anyway).

For playing the books, it kept track of all the stats, battles, item upgrades, skills, etc. Really cool screens when you died, won, had battles, etc.

That thing was awesome; I'll have to dig it up from my archives (Dad backed up everything I ever made on a computer when I was a kid) and see if I can play it on an OS 7 emulator or something (Mac). I only ever wrote 2 "books" for it (mostly in 6th or 7th grade English class).

Man, the memories.

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285846)


There's nothing special about it. It's just a new medium for an old idea. But if the idea is still good then its not without value. It may not make it much of an IT story though, I grant you.

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (4, Funny)

bcmm (768152) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286040)

The thing that made choose-your-own-adventure books interesting was essentially hacking a limited notion of interactivity into a non-interactive medium

And the iPhone is all about hacking a limited notion of interactivity into a fundamentally completely interactive medium...

Re:does it have a point in this medium? (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286060)

I remember when I was bored back in the '90s and I thought about doing this on the voice-mail / ACD / whatever system at work. The only problem was that I didn't want to have to read the entire book into the system. I'm surprised nobody else has done it.

Digitized digital bookmarks. (5, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285738)

Mr. PACKARD: Well, we have a bookmark feature. So, for instance, if you get to a choice and - you can bookmark that page. And then if you go on, you make your choice and you go on to various other adventures and you finally come to an ending, but you want to see what would have happened if you go and made the other choice, you can go back there. But otherwise, you know, you get to the end of the story. We don't want to make it - we didn't want to make it so you just could flip back and forth aimlessly like some kind of computer game. We wanted to make it where there's a real story, and it goes on and on surprisingly long and - or usually, unless you come to a bad ending.

Oh good. I was worried there wouldn't be a way to do this. I vaguely remembering keeping two to three fingers firmly inserted in various sections of the book to backtrack if I made bad choices. I wonder if my imaginary /. girlfriend appreciates what I learned by doing this in the 3rd grade >.>

Re:Digitized digital bookmarks. (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286116)

I wonder if my imaginary /. girlfriend appreciates what I learned by doing this in the 3rd grade

What are you talking about? There are no imaginary girls on slashdot.

Re:Digitized digital bookmarks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286610)

Wow, so they implemented save points? And these "Choose Your Own Adventure" games, they work with multiple plot lines that branch and reconvene based on a few decisions you take? I'd say it was high time someone reimplemented the way basically every single computer game with a plot works, without all that pointing and clicking. Or graphics and sound.

Re:Digitized digital bookmarks. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287876)

Personally I’d just prefer a working “Back” button. Sort of like a regular browser would have if this whole thing were implemented in HTML and hyperlinks... hint hint.

Re:Digitized digital bookmarks. (1)

Achra (846023) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289000)

We wanted to make it where there's a real story, and it goes on and on surprisingly long and - or usually, unless you come to a bad ending.

I seem to recall that in the books, nearly all choices resulted in "bad endings". That is to say, they were a page at the END of the book and only one page long. I always thought that these books could have really used a page shuffling before publishing, because you easily get used to thinking, "Ok, I'm on page 14. Choice one leads to page 15. Choice two leads to page 387. I'll go ahead and put a finger in page 14 [nod to parent], and read page 387, and then head back to page 15."

Sort of a Sequel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33285746)

"The first U-Venture is a sort of a sequel to a classic title, The Cave of Time. In 'Return to the Cave of Time,'..."

That's not "sort of," that is a direct sequel.

"Her" own course? (-1, Troll)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285778)

But from that point on, the reader chooses her own course.

What if the reader is a male? Or, is this absurd example of political correctness meant to suggest that only females will use this application. What is wrong with the word " their "? Using the word "their" actually lets the sentence makes sense rather than sounding idiotic.

Change the phrase in the summary to: But from that point on, the reader chooses their own course. It's common sense, not fucking rocket science. It also keeps everyone happy because it's genderless.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285792)

You're the PC monger here, go away with your "GENDER NEUTRAL" language and start recognizing the superiority of womyn.

Re:"Her" own course? (2, Funny)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286088)

What makes a good man go neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?!

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

txoof (553270) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285810)

What about those of us that are gestalt entities, you insensitive clod.

Re:"Her" own course? (0, Offtopic)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285814)

But from that point on, the reader chooses their own course.

What if it's a line? Or a plane? Or, is this absurd example of political correctness meant to suggest that only points can be the start of stories. What is wrong with "geometric concept"? Using "geometric concept" actually lets the sentence make sense rather than sound idiotic.

Change the phrase in the summary to: But from that geometric concept on, the reader chooses their own course. It's common sense, not fucking rocket science. It also keeps everyone happy because it's dimensionless.

Re:"Her" own course? (0)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285900)


Using "their" all the time can become boring and in a couple of cases, slightly misleading. A good approach is to use "his" sometimes, and "hers" others. Just don't mix them up in the same paragraph.

Re:"Her" own course? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33285968)

'He' has always been considered gender neutral when referring to an arbitrary person. It's just the radical feminist propaganda than has made using the generic 'he' verboten. Look at modern English from 1970 as far back as you care to, and you'll see that this is the way the language works. It's much better than using a plural pronoun just because the generic 'he' may offend someone who will probably also be offended by something other triviality in your message.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286054)


I try to support things from first principles. There's no good reason why "he" should always be used over "she" and a reasonable case for supporting both so long as you are consistent within paragraphs / examples. Therefore a shift to using both "he" and "she" makes sense to me.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287926)

There's no good reason why "he" should always be used over "she" and a reasonable case for supporting both so long as you are consistent within paragraphs / examples.

Except perhaps that “he” has always been used over “she” and the PC decision to start using both of them as gender-neutral pronouns is really just confusing?

Alternately, you could look at it from this perspective: it’s bad enough that I have to stop and think to figure out whether “he” means a male or a generic individual – now I’ll have to stop and think to figure out what “she” means too?

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289628)

There's no good reason why "he" should always be used over "she"

How about... because you need to pick one?

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288542)

But in this thread, the only person offended was someone who was offended over the use of "her".

Re:"Her" own course? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286848)

Please give an example of the singular they being more misleading than hopping between a definite he and she.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287976)

When it’s plural, perhaps? /facepalm

Re:"Her" own course? (2, Insightful)

rxan (1424721) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285908)

One of my university english profs discouraged the use of 'their' when referring to either sex. Fuck that. I'm not writing 'his or her'. Invent a new pronoun or suck it up.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286522)

Someone tried it. It's hard to get people to use a new word you just invented though, because it makes you sound like a dick. Grok, for example. (There can be few things more funny than listening to someone trying to convince someone else to use 'grok' instead of 'understand'.)

Re:"Her" own course? (1, Informative)

deniable (76198) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286068)

What is wrong with the word " their "?

It's a plural and indicates that there is more than one reader making the decision. 'Its' is just as valid.

Re:"Her" own course? (2, Informative)

julesh (229690) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286212)

It's a plural and indicates that there is more than one reader making the decision.

dictionary.com disagrees with you:

their /ðr; unstressed ðr/ Show Spelled[thair; unstressed ther] Show IPA
-pronoun
[...]
2 (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine form his or the definite feminine form her ): Someone left their book on the table.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287992)

Well, that’s just their opinion.

Re:"Her" own course? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33286732)

It's not a plural and you're an idiot.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286250)

I'll admit it's probably wrong, but my assumption was that the protagonist was female. The "Choose your own adventure" books always placed the reader in the role of the protagonist.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

complacence (214847) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286902)

And all this assuming is why using either "he" or "she" is a bad idea. Singular they or neutral pronouns are the only available unambiguous options.

Re:"Her" own course? (1)

Raenex (947668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288500)

The protagonist was always "you", not a specific gender.

Re:"Her" own course? (0)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288422)

Or, is this absurd example of political correctness

The only one offended here is you. You're demanded that they change their language, because it offends you. That's political correctness.

What is wrong with the word " their "?

Because there's only one reader? There's no right answer - using singular they to refer to a specific person isn't any better than saying "his" or "her".

Get real interactive fiction (5, Informative)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285856)

Get Frotz for the iPhone or iPad, and play real interactive fiction instead. The interface could use some help in the way it gets stories in / out, but I've been (re)-enjoying my infocom collection from my old "lost treasures of infocom" CDs on my mobile devices just fine (hint : keep safari handy and bookmark the support docs).

Re:Get real interactive fiction (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285918)

Aw man! If i could mod ya I would.

A good game to get for an infocom interpreter is "Anchorhead", a beautifully written Lovecraft adventure game.

Look it up.

Re:Get real interactive fiction (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286932)

Folks should definitely check out that implementation of the z-machine. It's build in story search/downloading is just fantastic. Now everyone download and play "Blue Chairs", "Photopia", and "Spider and Web".

For starters.

Re:Get real interactive fiction (1)

Achra (846023) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288910)

Folks should definitely check out that implementation of the z-machine. It's build in story search/downloading is just fantastic. Now everyone download and play "Blue Chairs", "Photopia", and "Spider and Web".

For starters.

The parent is talking about past IF (Interactive Fiction) Competition winners. The IF Competition has been running for more than 10 years and has brought some really impressive pieces of IF to the world's attention. http://www.ifcomp.org/ [ifcomp.org]

Fabled Lands? (1)

sammyF70 (1154563) | more than 3 years ago | (#33285962)

Of course, you could just get Fabled Lands [sourceforge.net] , which is as sandbox'y as those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books can get. No idea if java runs on the iStuff though.

Been able to for ages (2, Informative)

mccalli (323026) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286192)

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Deathtrap Dungeon are out in the iPhone now. I believe Citadel of Chaos is too, not entirely sure.

I have the Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and the second Creature of Havoc comes out I'll be buying that one too.

Cheers,
Ian

I'm torn, here. (2, Insightful)

ultraexactzz (546422) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286364)

On the one hand, this seems to be a simple and trivial app that could easily have been done with HTML. On the other hand, Edward Packard is an absolute master of the format. I can't imagine Hyperspace will have held up over the decades, but I still have the urge to track down my copy.

Zork, for lazy people (1)

eshbums (1557147) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286452)

Can't spell, and your creativity ends at having an amusing background on your lock screen? There's an app for that.

Re:Zork, for lazy people (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288578)

That's one way of looking at it - for me being really young and being able to determine the course of the adventure I was reading was great and definitely a gateway drug for RPGs. I'll bet a lot of people got into gaming along the same route. I can't imagine they'd hold up particularly well as an adult (I wouldn't have the patience to re-read the story a dozen times to see the different endings, I'd rather read one story done well) and I'm not sure the young 'uns today would have the patience for them at all, which is a shame.

I likeyed the FMV ones like silent steel (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#33286930)

I liked the FMV ones like silent steel. But alot of the other ones sucked real bad.

Does any one have a iso of all 3 disks of Flash Traffic: City of Angels?

Choose your own adventure? (2, Funny)

strokerace (912726) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287128)

Choice? Oh man. Steve Jobs isn't going to like this.

Lone wolf (1)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287192)

I only ever made it through 2 of those books in my youth because that's all I could afford, but I loved the RPG aspect of the book over CYOA books (a favorite of mine when I was even younger).

Re:Lone wolf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33287758)

RPG?
Rocket Propelled Grenade?
Really Pathetic Gamers?

Oh Noes! (1)

flahwho (1243110) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287394)

xyzzy !!

Choose your own adventure (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 3 years ago | (#33287670)

I'm on my own "choose your adventure" story. It is sometimes called "real life." ;)

Choose your adventure (2, Funny)

bigtone78 (943249) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288012)

Personally I loved the "Choose You Own Adventure" books as a kid. I just wish there was one of these books based on modern office life:

Your boss decides to rip you a new one.

Turn to page 50 to deny you manhood, tuck you tail between your legs and take it like a $10 hooker

Turn to page 69 to drop kick him in the chest and set his desk on fire.

Re:Choose your adventure (2, Insightful)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288772)

Unfortunately real office life isn't nearly as exciting as the books:

Page 50: You deny your manhood. In return you get a foot on the fast track ladder for promotion but you never make it to the top without the right connections or nobby background. On your deathbed you regret that you lived your life as a worm and not a lion.

Page 69: You drop kick your boss and set his desk alight! Reliving the two minute thrill of it gets you through the first week of your seven year jail sentence. Eventually you sink into a downward spiral of self-destructive behaviour.

Choose your own Manga Adventure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33288016)

This is not really a first on the iphone, it has been done by others a long time ago. Check out a "choose your own adventure" manga called Foxfire: http://bit.ly/7GvnZU

Wait, don't some iPhone users already play this? (1)

joedoc (441972) | more than 3 years ago | (#33288182)

I understand it's popular in some cities like New York and San Francisco.

I hear it's called "Get a Decent Signal Adventure."

The problem is no matter how many times you go back, the story ends the same way. You're dead.

Rack me.

$3.99 WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33288324)

$3.99? Really, I just went to buy it out of nostalgia, i loved those books. But 3.99 for an iphone app? Thats of limited use? Not a chance.

54-40 (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289058)

If all I can do is follow the links, how I will get to the good ending of Inside UFO 54-40?

Re:54-40 (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#33289572)

You'll have to view source, I guess.

Choose your own post adventure! (0)

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