Story Immersion: Interactive Fiction coverage from “The Guardian”

Pondering the possibilities of interactive fiction after reading The Guardian’s “Is Interactive Fiction the future books?” by Keith Stuart published September 22, 2010:

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For example, clues could be unlocked by shaking the screen so that most of the words ‘fall off’ revealing hidden codes. Other narrative elements could be unveiled by opening the book while in a specific geographic location. The video also mentions the possibility of receiving text messages and emails from characters in the book. I guess Silence of the Lambs would be a bit more scary if you started getting texts from Buffalo Bill asking what your dress size is.

But these are more like reading enhancements than truly interactive narrative features. Later, the narrator talks about the reader adding to the narrative, co-developing the story, thereby gaining access to secret events, character backstories and new chapters. “In time a non-linear narrative emerges, allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the story from multiple angles.”

Read entire article here.

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