Monday, May 08, 2006

Inform 7 - Smart text games

Inform 7

Lambda the Ultimate mentions the existence of a new programming language for developing Interactive Fiction. IF is the retro gaming practice of developing interactive textual stories - you know, the stuff where you walk around looking in rooms trying to solve various puzzles.

What makes this latest release of software really interesting is that the language for developing these games allows you to describe your game in plain English. While programming in natural language seems like a very bad idea most of the time, it seems like in this case, it may be a good move.

Just reading through the new system's notes has me really impressed. They managed to develop a system that's entirely driven by a single Go button. Lots of lessons here to learn if you want to develop intelligent systems.

Via: Lambda The Ultimate

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