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- Adventure (walkthrough)
- Zork (walkthrough)
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (walkthrough)
- Here is the student handout
Software: Make Your Own Interactive Fiction!
In our first week, we mostly talked about what the program is going to be and what participants would like it to be. We got to know each other and talked about our favourite games, as well as looked at some of the best and worst reviewed games of the last year to try to identify things that separate good games from bad. Click on the screenshot for a link to Sam’s slideshow:
We did, however, also manage to make a (very short) adventure game in the style of the early text-based computer games. Participants – Daniel, Deboarh, Donté, Isaac, Joseph, Rucel, Karim (alphabetical order), and others (who had to leave early), took turns fleshing out the story by giving details and suggesting options that the player can choose:
Look, this was the work of 15 minutes, as we had a lot to cover in our first day. The point is: we sat down, pitched ideas, and created a simple game out of nothing but our imaginations and a piece of software in just a couple minutes. That’s awesome.