Hi all. I would very much like everyone’s views on the practicalities of using Choicescript to develop interactive chat fiction. While it is true that Choicescript does not allow for some of the more graphical elements of the genre, I don’t see any impediment to producing very neat chat stories with involved and immersive interactive storylines. Of course, using chat texts to push an interactive narrative is somewhat outside of the original scope of Choicescript but if it could be done there is a vast market for interactive storytelling, especially amongst young adults.
I have to say however, that chat fiction is a curious form of writing. A typical chat story is carried on the back of conversations texted between characters and usually doesn’t include anymore than 2 to 4 characters at most. Most chat fiction only lasts four to eight minutes per story and the vast majority of it is not interactive. Writing interactive fiction is hard to do and somewhat time consuming and the one thing about writing linear chat fiction is that it is relatively straightforward. Most writers don’t delve into choice-based fiction and I think this has left open a large opportunity for those of us who do.
If it were possible to bring together a collection of interactive chat stories and present them in a single Choicescript app, one that could be updated with new stories as time progressed, it could well turn out to be rather successful. Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.