Saturday, March 23, 2013
So I was reading Grey Wiz's post about the problems with gamebooks and I clicked on one of the links to find a glossary of terms for games.
This was big news to me (and I kicked myself for not thinking of it sooner). I love looking up all kinds of terms and defining them. I don't know why, but when I was younger, I enjoyed looking up words in the dictionary that weren't even rude. I then stumbled across the Curious and Interesting Book of Numbers where I could find out all about the numbers out there, right up to Graham's number. Ever since I discovered it, I am an enthusiastic TVTropes addict and I enjoy looking up words in Urban Dictionary. I think I enjoy looking terms up so much because it is a discrete bitesize chunk of information that I can gobble up quickly.
So anyway, I am enjoying my latest dictionary of terms and it made me think.
So the question is, what game terminology should we use and is there any gamebook specialist terminology that we should nail down. For example, does one play or read a gamebook? Is a gamebook different to interactive fiction or a subset of it? Would there be a different term for a book like Destiny Quest (stat heavy) and Frankenstein (a story that you explore)