Category: Opinion

IF Riffs: An IFComp Postmortem

February 27th, 2018 by

Welcome to something new at sub-Q: IF Riffs! We hope this will become a recurring feature where a question will be posed to several members of the IF community on a particular topic. Our first blog collects some thoughts on IFComp 2017 by the top five winners. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments […]

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Romance in Early IF: A Review of Pytho’s Mask

February 6th, 2018 by

Interactive fiction’s history both intersects and acts as an alternative space to modern game development—even indie, narrative-based development—with its own unique traditions and community standards. One of the most prominent is “comp,” which could also be a “mini-comp” or a “speed comp.” Most were small, one-shot affairs with perhaps a few games entered, while others […]

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The Works of Rybread Celsius: A Critical (Re)Assessment

March 25th, 2016 by

“I think that one day Rybread is going to successfully get what’s churning around in his mind written & compiled and present us with an absolutely stellar adventure game. And after giving us three weeks to play it, I predict he’ll then blow up the earth.” –Robb Sherwin on L.U.D.I.T.E.   When I first became […]

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Review: G. Kevin Wilson’s Once and Future

January 8th, 2016 by

Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise. In 1993, the golden age of commercial interactive fiction was mostly over, although a few notable games—such as Eric the Unready—were still being published. TADS (Text Adventure Development System) was […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Parser IF

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Parser IF

November 3rd, 2015 by

You’ve heard of parser IF. You want to like parser IF. But there’s a lot of typing, and the goal isn’t always clear, and failing to land on the right verb for what you want to do can make feel kicked out of the story. It may sound bananas, but the frustration is what makes it fun. […]

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Searching for Horang

October 15th, 2015 by

(This post includes Korean but is mostly in English. If the English in this post looks strange, please make sure it isn’t being auto-translated by a browser plugin.) Even if you don’t Horang’s name, you know his work. His horror webtoon “Bongcheon Dong Ghost” has been stopping hearts since its release in 2011. Hardly a “scariest thing you’ve […]

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How to Get Published in 7 Simple Steps (Even If You’re Not the Best)

October 2nd, 2015 by

  You write. You love writing. And you want your work to be read. But maybe you’re not a super A+ award-candidate kind of author. Maybe that’s not in your cards. Maybe you want to know how to get published, even if you’re not the best around. It’s possible. I’m proof. Not everyone can belt […]

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Oliver Hood You Are My Sunshine

Who Owns “You Are My Sunshine”?

September 29th, 2015 by

The short answer is Peer Music. The long answer is a bit more complicated: Oliver Hood—the man who likely wrote “You Are My Sunshine,” one of the most well-known and beloved songs in the English language—never received official credit for it.     Fans of Michael Lutz’s “My Father’s Long, Long Legs” will recall that its […]

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A Barbarian at the Gate: 5 Ways to Protect Twine’s Village from the Coming Invasion

June 1st, 2015 by

(This article originally appeared at Storycade on October 7, 2014) I’m not the most curious pup in the litter. When Michael Lutz’s “My Father’s Long, Long Legs” hit MetaFilter last November and scorched my brain stem, I assumed it was the thousand-hour effort of a lone HTML5 gunman.

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