Even in its most coherent form, inspiration is a pretty vague business. Discussing it is easiest when you throw down some rules and definitions. So, a question for those of you who play a lot of videogames, interactive fiction and suchlike: when developing your stories and your writing, especially your interactive writing, what games have inspired you the most?
To keep this topic from being a general “what are your favorite videogames” discussion, I include both excellent game experiences and poor game experiences. After all, even a negative experience can inspire you.
For example, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve played Mass Effect and thought, “Garsh, are these my only options? If I were writing this, I’d have offered so-and-so option instead,” etc.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who didn’t have much game experience before getting into ChoiceScript, so I should extend the parameters of the question a bit further – if you had no game experiences coming into this, what prompted you to write interactive fiction?