Author: Cameron Hodge

The Last Performance

The Last Performance by Judd Morrissey is a collaborative literary project which uses several thousand source texts to construct a visual, animated piece. It is a strange piece to navigate, to say the least, combining aspects of hypertext poetry, the style of Sea and Spar Between and a constantly shifting “dance” of a submitted lexia. In a sense, it seems…

Regime Change

Regime Change, by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, David Durand, Brion Moss and Elaine Froehlich, is an interesting example of, for lack of a better term, two-way hypertext. Unlike other hypertexts, Regime Change gives the reader the opportunity to delve into a branching path of journalistic articles, taking snippets from them and returning to the original article with clarifications and additions. The express…

All the News that’s Fit to Print

We’ve discussed at length works which use an algorithm whose output is poetic. This week, I’ve been examining Jody Zellen’s All the News that’s Fit to Print, which is an interesting twist on this generative model of electronic literature. Whereas most of the texts we’ve examined thus far have been attempts to generate content reminiscent of a conventional model of…

The Stanley Post

The Stanley Parable, originally a Half Life mod later released commercially, is an interesting example of interactive fiction under the trappings of a video game. Ostensibly the game is, like Dear Esther and others mentioned on this blog, a story being told to the player as they progress through its world. Very quickly, however, it turns into a sort of…