Author: cottontail

a small rabbit.

The Kraken’s Day Out

Looking at “I Wish I Were the Moon” in class reminded me of a game I ran across some time ago, “(I Fell in Love With) The Majesty of Colors” by Gregory Weir. The two works are very similar on a visual level, with flat, colorful art composed of simple pixel sprites, and they both have multiple endings, which carries…

Reasons not to talk to angels

When I found “The Fall of the Site of Marsha” by Rob Wittig in volume one of the Electronic Literature Collection, it initially stood out to me because of its visual presentation. It is a hypertext narrative that pretends not to be: instead of clicking links to move between distinctly presented lexia, the reader navigates what appears to be a…

Small-scale surroundings in interactive fiction

In class on Monday, we played “Shade” by Andrew Plotkin. I found it very impressive, not only because it was emotionally affecting – at least for me, it created a powerful sense of dread – but also because it accomplished that emotional effect within a fairly small fictional world. Video games with a focus on roleplaying are often praised for…

The Possession of Christian Shaw

After it was mentioned in class, I decided to play (or watch, or otherwise experience) “Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw.” It’s a work by ┬áDonna Leishman, the creator of “RedRidinghood,” and there are several similarities between the two, but “Deviant” is longer and more involved – and, in my opinion, much more compelling. The author’s description, presented at the…