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Which name would you prefer for an Interest page based in thread-based role playing?

Collaborative Writing
Interactive Fiction
Play-by-Post RP
Thread-based RP


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Mar. 30th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
This is just a note that Interactive Fiction is what people call text adventure games these days, so using it for thread-based RP might be confusing. Wikipedia has an article on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_fiction .
Mar. 30th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Good point to bring up. There is some overlap there, for sure. I'm not worried about it, though. Just glancing over the Wikipedia article you linked, it also notes that the term is recognized as a marker for other formats, such as collaborative fiction and participatory novels. So there is some room to maneuver in there, or to claim the title outright with enough interest.

My feeling is the term 'Interactive Fiction' as a reference to text adventure games is in itself still very niche. For there to be confusion, most people would have to be making the initial connection between the term and the text adventure genre. From my perspective, I just don't see this happening on a wide-spread level.

'Interactive Fiction' feels like a natural fit for what's happening in these thread-based role-playing communities. These communities are a truly interactive creative process driven by the participants, and much more deserving of the title 'Interactive Fiction' than adventure games that don't legitimately accommodate for any real creativity during play. Many of these text adventure games, even the newer ones which focus more on narrative, are still keeping the player, er reader, contained within a sphere created by author. Is it interactive and fictitious? Yes. Just as it is with any text-based adventure game, or video game for that matter. The choices are all canned, the creative process initiated by the user is synthetic. There is no avenue for legitimate creative expression by the participant, or, at least the avenue is very narrow.

Thread-based role-playing, on the other hand, is packed with unlimited creative potential. Users can direct any given post in any direction based on the characters and the world they inhabit. It's unpredictable, exciting, and for more interactive than text-based adventure "narratives", imho.

So, the question that comes to my mind is: Should the term 'Interactive Fiction' be associated with the act of multiple authors contributing content to create fiction, or should it be associated with a text-heavy genre of gaming in which the legitimate creative process is in the hands of the software author and the user is a tourist?

Thoughts from the gallery?
Mar. 30th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I just think it's useful for a subculture to be aware what names adjacent or overlapping subcultures use for things when they're deciding what names to use for things themselves. It saves a lot of confusion when both things are trying to be discussed in the same space, such as when a convention program is listing panel topics. At the least, it's useful for a group to know they're not the only one using a term so they'll provide a little more context for which use of the term they're making when they're trying to communicate widely with people who may not be in their subculture.

To me, whether or not a name "make sense" for what its used for is kind of secondary to whether or not it'll create ambiguity, I guess. Since there's another geek subculture that's been using that term for a long time to mean something else, I suggest that it's going to create some headaches if you choose to use it for something else. (I have no idea if your subculture is already actively using this term or not - I participate in neither activity myself. I assumed that since the Wikipedia article was all about the other thing that it was the more common usage of the term, but that's not actual research into usage by any stretch.)
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I totally agree, it's important to keep ambiguity to a minimum and to be aware of how a term is being used within subcultures. =)
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Also, just a quick note. This poll will be up until April 1st, noon PDT.

Edited at 2011-03-30 08:06 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
I just closed the poll after leaving it open a couple days past the original deadline. I'll add the new Interest page, Thread-based RP, to the directory within the next few hours.
Apr. 18th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
hello ! cute.. . bye
Nov. 3rd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I hope you will keep updating your content constantly as you have one dedicated reader here.

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