The Nightmare Game

THE NIGHTMAREAn interactive fiction. Copyright (c) 1984 by J.A.SchmehlYou are in a hallway. There are three doors here. >Examine doorsThe left door is all black except for a glowing eye which is watching you. The right door is green and has a frowning emoticon sloppily carved into it’s surface. The carving drips blood. The center…

Learn to Play

The kids are at school, the dishes done, and the laundry started.  She has no more excuses.  She must sit down on the floor, now, in front of the TV, now, turn on the XBox, now, and learn to play. She hates video games.  She's hated them all her life.  From the moment her parents gifted her…

The Game vs Real Life

Should I worry when the line between real life and a computer game seems to blur? My boyfriend and I were walking along the street, chatting about this and that, when I saw a sign in a store window that contained the initialism, "GSI."  Earlier that morning he and I were searching in the game…

Thoughts on Denouement

I feel ridiculous.  Why am a sobbing like this?  It's a documentary about game designers, one I've already watched.  I knew how it ended before I pressed play. In the dark living room, I am sitting on the floor while my sister sits on the couch behind me.  I'm sure she can see my shoulders shaking…

This is just a silly rant…

I really, really wish there was someone out there in the world who liked to play MMORPGs* the way I want to play them: 1) Quests only: no dungeons or raids, I just want to follow a character through the story-line of the game. 2) No PvP*: I don't want to fight real people -…

At what age did you feel grown up?

On the occasion of my seventh birthday I told my mother that I'd had enough birthdays. Seven was a very good age, I was happy with it, and I would stay there. (Just as an amusing side note - my youngest sister thought that the age of seven was rather magical as well, but she believed…