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[…] Of special interest wrt Electronic Literature: The iStory can be downloaded and installed on iPods using iPodSoft’s iStory beta software. Christy originally blogged about iStories a while back. (More iStories can be found on the Mad Studios website. Both “Encryped Lovers” and “Your Songs in Stalk” satirize the digital copyright quagmire. […]]]>
Hello Kenoi, thankyou for dropping by. I unfortunately don’t have an iPod and so the detailed feedback will come from Mark. But thanks for letting us know about ‘Blizzard’ — the use of multiple modes has great narrative potential.]]>
Hey, thanks for reviewing the site. I’m happy to hear that iStories have a positive side to them, too.
Sadly most of the people think bad of CYOA type of games, because of some very poor productions (mostly books)in the past.
I hope to change that and revise the way CYOA games are written and bring out the best qualities achievable of this genre - because as any type of adventure game, they too have their strength.
The iPod is a very capable device for this purpose, for any model that has a screen (even ‘Mini’) is able to run text games and combine them with music, and maybe even pictures later. And as Mark has mentioned, the backlight and portable features of the iPod make handy to reach for and bring along as entertainment.
The website has just been enriched with a new iStory, created by ‘Blizzard’, that uses sound as one of it’s interactive features.
I will also be updating iStory Silver in about a week’s time.
I’ve been working more with this software and have a few reflections.
For one, you could not have “Penelope,” since it relies on randomization, and the software does not seem to allow for anything but fixed links.
I find reading on an ipod to be exciting. Novelty of interface is part of what got me interested in these forms. There is an aura to the ipod, a kind of simplicity of design, a magical access of musical forms, with a kind of 2001 clean sheen that is difficult to match. Also, this little hand held device can be easily brought to bed.
You can only exit a story by backing your way out of it. So potentially, you must see every lexia twice.
It’s very difficult to tell which of the links you have selected. Each link is underlined, and one is in bold, but there is not much difference between the bold and normal lines.]]>