Wor(l)d Games

One of the great gifts of the book is the entrée it affords into the contemporary IF scene. Graham Nelson, Adam Cadre, Emily Short, and Andrew Plotkin were all authors who were new to me, but no sooner had I worked through Plotkin’s remarkable “Shade” than I added it to my spring syllabus (which I’ll post soon, btw); and I suspect others will follow suit. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised to find this text canonized amongst a new academic audience because of Montfort’s account of it here. —Matt Kirschenbaum reviews Nick Montfort’s Twisty Little PassagesWor(l)d Games (MGK)

As George wrote in a comment to the above entry, “Stuff like this is why I like reading blogs.”

I don’t know what it is about interactive fiction, but it prompts a lot of autobiographical essays like this one. (See also SPAG newsletter editor Paul O’Brian’s review.)

And homestarrunner.com features a text game this week.

I oughta add a new category: geekiness.