I’m so excited by Wednesday’s readings.. because they didn’t really feel like readings! One of the main reasons I was excited to take this Digital Writing course was to explore the different modes that digital writing can take, and this is a fascinating exploration. Humans have been playing with form and differing ways of story-telling for a long time (for ALL time) and what computers allow us to do is very exciting.. they let us tell stories in totally unpredictable and highly customizable ways.
My main fear is that all of these examples (and others that I’ve seen) feel very abandoned, isolated, and gimmicky. They don’t really feel like a finished project, contrary to a book, for example. Could any of these ever really feel like the best way to tell a story?
My personal favourites were “Dragon Warrior Text Adventure” because I had to use my imagination to build the world and I felt very definitely like the main character, and “Project Rebuild” because it experimented interestingly with internet collaboration.