Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin introduce Cyberdrama, the first section of First Person.
Espen Aarseth foresees the quick end of Murray's "story-game hybrid" and suggests instead a "critical theory of games."
Bryan Loyall cites expertly paced penguins in this response to Janet Murray.
Secret agency is at issue in Frasca's response, which denies the application of Aristotle to the open-ended interactivity of gaming.
"Where is the text in chess?" asks Espen Aarseth. Rules, play, and semiosis are the (un)common ground between games and stories in "interactive narrativism" and the art of simulation.
Stuart Moulthrop complicates the idea of self-contained games.
U.S. cybernetic pragmatisim and practical Net expertise interest Moulthrop (and his auditors) on "second thought."
Gonzalo Frasca's proposal for videogames that address "critical thinking, education, tolerance, and other trivial issues."
Which alias best fits interactive fiction?
The nominees are:
"Story," "Game," "Storygame," "Novel," "World,"
"Literature," "Puzzle," "Problem," "Riddle," and "Machine."
Read, and decide.