“Digital: A Love Story”, A Fun Interactive Fiction Style Game

I’ll admit that the BBS is a little top of mind, with its recent 32nd anniversary and TVO’s fantastic interview with Jason Scott who is working full time to preserve the digital legacy of such systems. It’s not surprising that Cory’s post on BoingBoing about a game set in the heyday of the BBS piqued my curiosity.

“Digital: A Love Story” is set five minutes into the future of 1988, as its site explains. There is very little other information about the game I could find on the site itself other than download links for Windows, Mac and Linux. The game is also released under a CC-NY-NC-SA license, a thoughtful touch.

A few minutes of game play was very enjoyable and revealed the game plays sort of like interactive fiction. The choices and actions are constrained but so far, the game seems more story driven so this isn’t too much of a handicap. The very faithful Amiga like interface is well done, to the point where the game needs very little instruction other than what is embedded into the narrative. In some ways it reminds me of Uplink though I don’t expect it to have the grinding/leveling element.

Doing some digging, this game is an example of Renai, a category of games that includes dating simulations but can be considered to include any game with a strong romantic element. Digital was written by Christine Love who is a prolific writer of both interactive and non-interactive fiction in this romantic vein. She seems to have developed Digital for NaNoRenO, an annual contest model after NaNoWriMo but for Renai rather than novels.

I look forward to seeing where the story goes from the initial messages waiting when you dial into the first BBS revealed in the game.

TCLP 2010-02-21 News

This is news cast 206, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, a reminder that CopyNight is Monday and that Nina Paley is speaking at American on Wednesday, the 24th.

This week’s security alerts are the first denial of service attack and botnets attacking each other.

In this week’s news PA school district caught spying on students via laptop web cams (which may be part of a larger trend) resulting in a letter from the school officials who feel they did no wrong though now the FBI and DA are looking into the incidents, an essay on when transparency is useful which is similar to Lessig’s thoughts on the subject, and the 32nd anniversary of the BBS which is clearly a prescursor to the modern internet.

Following up this week leak of details on last ACTA negotation round and the Jacobsen case is finally settled.


Grab the detailed show notes with time offsets and additional links either as PDF or OPML. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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