Tag Archives: video games

Fetch Quest


Dan muses on the nature of the “fetch quest” in video game RPGs, and how we as a culture may be shaped by them to such a point that they will one day become acceptable in the real world, not just on computer screens. And he plans to take advantage of that fact, when the day comes. Continue reading

Video Games I Have Been Playing – Part Two


Following up on his previous video games post, Dan finishes reviewing a handful of the games he’s been playing this month. Continue reading

Video Games I Have Been Playing – Part One


Having finally found some free time in his life, Dan plays Skrim (completing it in about 85 hours) and Modern Warfare 3 (completing it in just 6). Don’t try to do a value-for-money comparison on that. Continue reading

The Play


Dan posts a short review and recommendation of “The Play”, a piece of hypertext interactive fiction entered into IFComp 2011. Continue reading

On This Day In 2004

Dan looks back to six years ago, when he and Paul argued about the usability of the Steam digital distribution platform. Continue reading


Some time ago, I recommended Photopia as a great text-based adventure for both beginners and veterans: with a great, sweet story (with a slightly depressing ending) and a short play time, it’s just great to show people why text-based adventures are fun. Here’s my latest… Continue reading

Photopia, Again

I wrote the other day about Photopia, one of the most brilliant and unusual pieces of interactive fiction I’ve ever experienced. Finally, JTA gave it a go, and loved it too – and he and I have been spending the last few days discussing some… Continue reading


Ever played a text-based adventure (interactive fiction) before? If so, this is a must-see. If not, now’s the time to start. I’ve just finished playing a short IF called Photopia, which won two prestigious (in IF circles) XYZZYnews awards back in 1998. It’s not… great… Continue reading

Out Of Place

[this post was lost during a server failure on Sunday 11th July 2004; it was recovered on 21st March 2012] Something feels out of place. Probably just the time of year, the amount of work I have to do, etc. The only good thing about… Continue reading

Friday Morning

Wow. Seen the Quake IV Leaked Screenshots [