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478. The Magic of Interactive Fiction with Rebecca Slitt from Heart’s Choice

Amanda and I take a deep dive into interactive fiction with Rebecca Slitt from Choice of Games and Heart’s Choice. We get into the details of how interactive fiction works, and what the process of writing it is like – and we have some recommendations, never fear!

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You can find all the interactive fiction at Choice of Games and Heart’s Choice. Here are the games we mentioned in the interview:

We also mentioned Tara’s review of Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae.

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  1. Kareni says:

    What a fascinating interview; thank you all!

  2. Sandra says:

    I have to check these out. Way back in the early, pre-graphic days of computing, I played all the text adventures I could lay my hands on. Loved Infocom — Zork, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Plundered Hearts, Planetfall, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy…….

  3. Mrs. Obed Marsh says:

    My favorite Choice of Games games, in no particular order:

    -SLAMMED!
    -The Eagle’s Heir
    -Choice of Robots
    -Creme de la Creme
    -A Midsummer Night’s Choice
    -Affairs of the Court: Choice of Romance
    -Vampire: The Masquerade – Night Road
    -Psy High
    -Weyrwood
    -Hollywood Visionary
    -Mecha Ace: Heroes of the Vedrian War
    -The Mysteries of Baroque
    -Sixth Grade Detective

  4. Jeff says:

    This was such a cool episode. I want to try one of these, ost likely Creme de la Creme.

    Also, looking for more superhero stories? Try “The Extraordinaries” series by TJ Klune. Amazing queer superhero YA series with a super sweet romance too. Two books are out now, book three next year.

    So glad to see the mention of C.B. Lee’s “Sidekick Series.” Also amazing!

  5. Kelsey says:

    Hello! I tutor adults with low literacy, and I think this kind of game/interactive fiction would be excellent for some students. Are there any recommendations for low reading level games?

  6. SB Sarah says:

    @Kelsey: I reached out to Rebecca, and she has some recs for you!

    “Choice of the Dragon is definitely a good place to start: it’s short and has relatively simple language. Diabolical and The Martian Job also have pretty simple language, although the latter is sci-fi, so it may have a few specialized words throughout. If any of their students are sports fans, I’d recommend Fielder’s Choice: the only specialized language would be baseball terms that the students might be familiar with already.

    We also have some that are aimed at a younger audience, if the students are interested in those: Welcome to Blackstone Academy, Runt of the Litter, and Sixth Grade Detective. But for games aimed at adults that have simpler language, I’d recommend the ones listed above.”

    This is SUCH a cool idea for literacy development. Thank you for asking!

  7. Kelsey Carter says:

    Sarah, THANK YOU!!! I was listening to the episode and thinking, oh my goodness this would be a perfect tool for practicing reading. Getting a reader involved in the story is a great way to increase interest. Of course, I would want to focus on the students goals and interests, but I am definitely going to be looking in to this more for course materials.

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