October 29, 2003

You Are in an Adventure of Crappy Little Sentences, All Misspelled

So: I'm a geek. Many of you know this. To confirm that fact, let me say that I love both Infocom-style text adventure games and Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K is, in fact, the only TV show for which I have ever written a fanfic. (But it's not online anymore; sorry to get your hopes up.)

Lots of people write MST3K fanfics, including my friend Tarl Roger Kudrick; generally, they involve making fun of other people's fanfics (which can get very meta if the person doing the mockery isn't very skilled at it), although they can feature bad writing of all sorts. They're called MiSTings for short. Yes, yes, I know this terminology off the top of my head, but it has already been established that I'm a geek.

Well, anyway, I have just run across my first MiSTing of a piece of amateur interactive fiction. Holy crap, but it is hysterical. The game being mocked is "Detective", by Matt Barringer, and the mockery is extremely well executed by C.E. Forman. You can download it here. You'll need a text adventure interpreter to play it; I recommend Winfrotz for PC users; it will work with any of the "Z-Code 5 executable" files.

You Mac people can probably figure out the Apple version of all that on your own, right? Cool.

Posted by Francis at 03:39 AM