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Natural Language Game Programming with Inform 7

Programming games is an activity. A programming language is a kind of thing. Inform 7 is a kind of programming language. It is either the single-most important advance in interactive fiction in a decade, or an interesting idea doomed to fail. –Liza Daily –Natural Language Game Programming with Inform 7 (OnLamp.com) I’ve been teaching myself Inform 7 by translating, room by room, object by object, conversation tree by conversation tree, a…

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The Brain Workout: In Praise of Video Games

New media have always met with suspicion: As The Economist editorialized a while back, a “neophobic” tendency dates from antiquity, with Plato’s argument in the “Phaedrus” that the relatively newfangled medium of writing corrupted the memory-building powers of oral culture. Of course sometimes the new is bad. Yet the critics of video games are not only conjuring up a threat where none exists; they’re ignoring the positive moral lessons and…