This might be a dumb question, but still.
Pretty much the same as the *choice command. You just don’t have to end every option with a *goto or *finish. Unlike with the *choice command it tends to mess up when the options are combined with things like *selectable_if or *hide_reuse though.
To expand of @Cecilia_Rosewood’s words
From what I know, it allows the author to make a choice branch that converges back right after.
At the end of a typical *choice command, you’d need a *goto or *finish command afterward.
Whereas for the *fake_choice command, you don’t.
For example, this is choice:
*choice #choice1 Text here *goto label1 #choice2 Text here *goto label2
And this is fake_choice:
*fake_choice #choiceA Text here *goto labelA #choiceB Text here #choiceC Text here Text for B and C here.
Doing this for a normal *choice command would cause an error.
why is it called “fake choice” does choice not matter?
Good question. I think that when it was first implemented most of the options that were available for a regular choice option didn’t work. That’s a long time ago though. Now it’s pretty close to a regular choice option. The amount of meaning and impact the choice actually has will mainly depend on the writer, not on the mechanics behind it. (Like wether you use a choice or a fake_choice command.)
*fake_choice was originally unable to be used with any significant code (e.g. *set would throw up and error), but has since been changed to be used with most things.
It is noteworthy that *fake_choice still does break unexpectedly sometimes. (e.g. Nesting *fake_choices break).
(Personally I still heavily recommend using a normal *choice as good practice if there’s any significant complexity.)
But fake choices are my favorite… I guess that is a good practice.
Fake choices are immensely useful. I find them much smoother and less involved. Particularly when dealing with choices that don’t necessarily change direction of the story but rather the ‘feel’.
Edit: but the title “fake choice” is kind of misleading.
I use fake_choice almost exclusively in my CS coding
Maybe it’s laziness, maybe it’s… laziness. See? I couldn’t even be bothered to look up a synonym.
But seriously, fake_choice lets you drop a line or two in for a response, assign a variable maybe, and continue on with the story. It honestly takes the burden off of branching the story onto a whole new path while still allowing the reader to have some (hopefully meaningful) input.
I never use fake_choice, but when I started writing with CS it did very little and a few of us held it in scorn, more of a cheep way to add filler to s story. Of course it’s useful now a days but still have a hard time bring myself to write with it LOL.