December 19, 2003

Toward a Theory of Interactive Fiction

by Nick Montfort · , 10:50 pm

I’ve completed my article “Toward a Theory of Interactive Fiction” after about two years of having drafts of the article available online. (The last round of changes was rather minor.) It is a more thorough look at a topic covered briefly in chapter one of Twisty Little Passages – how narratology can inform a formal theory of interactive fiction, one that isn’t restricted to the narrative aspect of the form. Thanks to the many who commented on and criticized the piece, helping me to revise it.

One Response to “Toward a Theory of Interactive Fiction”

  1. scott Says:

    Cool. Incidentally, that article is the star of my new media studies unit on Interactive Fiction. I just read four final papers which cited it (to varying degrees of effectiveness) — including one which used it to argue that MMORPGs (specifically Ultima) are in fact literature, since they meet so many of Montfort’s criteria for interactive fiction.

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