As a child of the 80s, some of my earliest computing memories include interactive text adventures like Zork and Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs), which I played by dialing up my local Bulletin Board Server. Playfic is a new tool that can be used to introduce our students to the way gaming used to be in the good ole days and get them writing in the process.
From their site:
Playfic is a platform for writing and playing interactive fiction. Interactive fiction (aka “text adventures”) is a genre of game that uses no graphics or sound, but instead, uses text to tell a story in an interactive world.
Playfic is a way to write interactive fiction and publish it entirely on the web. Playfic uses a “natural language” programming language called Inform 7 that’s easy to pick up and difficult to master. You’re able to make your first simple game within minutes.
The best part? Playfic runs from your browser, so there’s no need to download any programs to use it. You can write a game and publish, instantly creating a clean URL that you can send to your friends.
Gaming in the classroom has been all the rage lately, so why not introduce a form of gaming that can also be a great way to get kids to practice their writing. It’s also a great way to let kids be as creative as they’d like while learning critical thinking skills in the process.
If you’ve never played a text-based interactive text adventure or you’ve just forgotten how, check out this great tutorial created by Cooper McHatten – @coopermchatton – http://playfic.com/games/cooper/tutorial
Check out the completely free playfic at http://playfic.com