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IF Readings

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Thought I'd post some material as context for our next session. As I've mentioned, I'm no expert on IF, only a very casual player, but I do think there are things worth discussing about the genre and its mechanics.

If you've never read/played any interactive fiction before, the following is a good start:

Adam Cadre's "Photopia": http://adamcadre.ac/if/photopia.html 

If you're up for a little bit of tech jigging, then you might be interested in setting up DOSBox (or perhaps some other DOS emulator) and running Pinsky's "Mindwheel", which you can find here:

http://www.myabandonware.com/game/mindwheel-4a

Since the link to the book didn't work for me, I've also attached it.

If anyone has any other suggestions, please post away.

I'd like to talk a bit about natural language processing as well, so I thought I'd include a link to the NL Toolkit: http://www.nltk.org.

I've also done a cursory review of the critical literature, and have attached a few pieces that seemed useful/interesting. Hope my highlights aren't too distracting.

 

AttachmentSize
PDF icon Douglas-1983.pdf1.85 MB
PDF icon Grigar-2002.pdf2.75 MB
PDF icon Niesz and Holland 1984.pdf497.01 KB
PDF icon Pinsky-1987.pdf505 KB
PDF icon mindwheel.pdf707.09 KB