Lots of topics here about WIPs and coding help, but so few about Interactive Fiction as a whole, so I thought I’d ask a fun question: What, if anything, would constitute your dream game? Ignore the practical realities of coding and time management and just stick that shovel right into your brain and dig out what you would like to see in IF as time goes on! Do you want to see more of a particular genre? What about more complex characters? Intricate consequences? Tell us all about it!
Personally, I would like to see more games try to break mold a little bit in terms of plot. So many of them read like YA chapter books, (which is totally fine!!!), but I want to see if anybody can make a game that plays more like traditional video games, where the player is self-directed. Imagine something like the recent Dragon Age: Inquisition. The player has a home base, and then can go out to explorable scenes that might lead them to a rabbit-hole mission. Using an existing game as an example: Imagine if in Unnatural, instead of choosing the cases from a list after the previous one is complete, your agent actually gets to go out into the city and discover the cases on their own! That would be neat.
Obviously, it’s difficult to do (though I am trying with my own WIPs), but this topic isn’t for discussing the logistics. It’s about dreams!
So how about y’all? Got any thoughts about where you’d like to see these kinds of games heading in the future? I want to hear about it!