jm + borges   3

Brian Moriarty - "I Sing the Story Electric"
The history of interactive storytelling, including a classification system for branching narrative techniques: The Foldback, Quicktime Events, Sardonic Options, Achtung Options, Checkpoint Saves, and Bait-and-Switch Options, and an example of a computerized interactive narrative from 1955, GENIAC Project 23.
geniac  kinoautomat  borges  narratives  non-linear  branching  interactive-fiction  games  gaming  ludology  history  stories  storytelling  talks 
24 days ago by jm
About Ultima Ratio Regum
This sounds amazing. I hope it makes it to some kind of "semi-finished".
A semi-roguelike game inspired by Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco, Neal Stephenson, Shadow of the Colossus, Europa Universalis and Civilization. Although currently in its early stages, URR aims to explore several philosophical and sociological issues that both arose during the sixteenth and seventeenth century (when the game is approximately set), and in the present day, whilst almost being a deep, complex and highly challenging roguelike. To do this the game seeks to generate realistic world histories, though ones containing a few unusual happenings and anomalous experiences. The traditional roguelike staple of combat will be rare and deadly – whilst these mechanics will be modeled in detail, exploration, trade and diplomacy factors will have just as much effort put into them.
games  ultima-ratio-regum  roguelikes  borges  umberto-eco  worlds  ascii-art 
february 2014 by jm
Algorithmic Rape Jokes in the Library of Babel | Quiet Babylon
Fantastic blog post on the Solid Gold Bomb "Keep Calm And Rape A Lot" algorithmically-generated t-shirt scandal, covering "content spinners", print-on-demand, object spam, Borges' Library Of Babel, "crapjects", and summing up with:
We’re sad for the sick feeling this has brought on! We’re sad for the queasy feeling this has brought on! We’re sad for the ailing feeling this has brought about!

Strange new world for sure.
algorithms  amazon  crapjects  borges  babel  object-spam  spam  content-spinning  rape  scandals  furore  solid-gold-bomb  t-shirts  etailers  print-on-demand 
march 2013 by jm

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