All-text video games make comeback

There’s nothing really new in this story, but it’s still good to see my favorite game genre get some good press.

Along with simulated space battles and table-tennis matches, interactive fiction (IF) is one of the oldest of computer-game forms. Though far gone from its commercial heyday in the graphics-impaired ’80s, when it was still called “text adventure” and titles like Zork and Planetfall flew off the shelves, IF today is in the midst of a kind of renaissance, surviving and thriving thanks to a dedicated community of creators, consumers and critics, an inimitable art form that does what no other media can.–Toronto Star