A Brief History of Interactive Fiction Games... Choose Your Own Adventure and Visual Novels

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Interactive fiction is a game genre that has been around for quite some time now and has a rather in-depth history to it. We’ve already taken a look at part of the genre, primarily text and graphical adventures. But today I’m going to talk about some other things that are important to interactive fiction!

So, I’m sure that many of us as kids read Choose Your Own Adventure books (or CYOA); novels where at the end of each page you were asked to make a choice as to what to do and then would be directed to a different page depending on your actions. Sometimes you’d make it to the end, sometimes not.

And if you’re wondering just what these books have to do with video games, the answer is a surprising amount! So let’s take a look at these types of books.

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Martin Li