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In Adventure games (also referred to as interactive fiction), the player enters a game world and the story's progression follows from the player's interaction with that world. Progress toward the goal is usually impeded by intellectual problems to solve using resources within the game world. The term adventure game derives from Crowther and Woods's "Adventure", the computer game that invented the genre. This category includes classic text adventures (like the original Zork trilogy), and graphical adventure games (like Myst). Interactive movies like Dragon's Lair lack the intellectual problem solving of adventure games, but may be listed here for want of a better category. Games in the cinematic adventure genre, such as Tomb Raider, are not necessarily adventure games in the sense used here. Nor are collections of puzzles on a similar theme, like Jewels of the Oracle, though they may be marketed as adventure games because puzzle games appeal to the same audience. The best RPGs (roleplaying games) share the plot-driven character of interactive fiction, though interaction with the game world is often limited to combat and static conversations rather than intellectual problem solving. They are listed under Genres/Roleplaying.
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Interactive Fiction Page - Outdated collection of links maintained by Scott Neal Reilly IF-Legends.Org - Hosting service and search engine specialising in interactive fiction. Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, The - The free interactive fiction competition judged by readers of rec.arts.int-fiction. Brass Lantern - News, articles, and interviews about adventure games, edited by Steven Granade. How Adventure Games Age - While graphic adventure games tend to look very dated very quickly, text adventures still seem fresh a decade after they were written. By Stephen Granade. The Great IF Toaster Contest - Make an interactive fiction game using any development system to create a toaster. The toaster should have a lever on it and a slide or dial to set the darkness to. Adventureland - A categorized list of adventure games produced over the years, broken down by company. Also lists game systems, Interpreters and emulators. GameBoomers - Includes PC game walkthroughs, hints and cheats, discussion forums, list of game publishers and official sites, game reviews and previews. Mystery Manor Adventure - Walkthrough, hints, developers, screen shots, forums and general information on a variety of games and their developers. GUEmap - Program for Windows 95/NT for drawing and printing maps of interactive fiction games. Cyberpunk Games - Site discusses many cyberpunk games (or heavily influence by cyberpunk) including various text and graphic adventure games from 1984 to 2003. Magnus' Interactive Fiction Page - Links to other interactive fiction sites plus downloads of a few games.
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