Present or past tense preference in Interactive fiction


#1

Sorry, if the topic has been discussed elsewhere.
Most interactive fictions are written in present continuous tense. Does it depend on writers or is it a norm for interactive fictions? Which one do you prefer?
Personally I am very comfortable with past tense (influence of books, I guess) but after reading couple of Interactive Fictions, I am kinda divided between the two.


#2

I like present. It’s suitably immersive. Past keeps me at a certain remove that I don’t really love.

Maybe we should be open to the weirder tenses, too. Future perfect continuous!

"You will have been exploring the cave, when a vampire bat will have been swooping from the darkness!

What will you have done?"

Ok, maybe not.


#3

If the protagonist is a Precog, why not?! :smiley:


#4

Damn it, now I want to write a story about a time manipulator with limited range who can swap back and forward in the timeline of the story by a choice forward or back with every choice, manipulating events.


#5

I will have had called dibs on crafting the prose in the future pluperfect if you write it!


#6

Extra auxiliaries can be extra fun…

I will have been going to keep being about to have used to start finishing a total mess :grinning: