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by David Welbourn

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For a Change

by Dan Schmidt profile

Surreal
1999

About the Story

"The sun has gone. It must be brought. You have a rock." [--blurb from Competition '99]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1.02
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 605
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-990925-BE77
ZCODE-1-990930-5DE5
TUID: t61i5akczyblx2zd

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
For a Change is indeed a change, and in a way it's a good example of what text IF can be--it manages to leave most of the visual details entirely to the player's imagination by refusing to pin down exactly what the PC is seeing or experiencing, except in the most general terms. The result is either maddening or evocative, depending on the player; if the player isn't willing to do the work of visualizing the scene as it unfolds (and supplying the images where the author declines to), the game more than likely remains elusive, amorphous.
-- Duncan Stevens

The outcome is something deeply bizarre, resulting in a rather dreamlike quality: everything has some sort of internal logic, even if you don't know what it is.
-- Nick Patavalis
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

After I had finished the game, I marveled at the cleverness of its linguistic contrivance, and the consistency with which it was implemented, but the pleasure was solely on a cerebral level. Even though the experience of playing the game was interesting, I never cared very much about the story, I think because I found it too difficult to make an emotional commitment to a setting and character that were so completely alien. Consequently, I ended up observing myself a lot, which is a very distanced, passive way to go through something like interactive fiction. Then again, I'm not a person who gets passionate about abstract painting or experimental fiction like that of William Burroughs, so my lack of reaction to the game may be due more to my own idiosyncrasies than any particular flaw in the work.
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Page Update History

  v.10: 25-Aug-2015 08:38 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.9: 06-Aug-2015 23:14 - blue/green
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v.8: 19-Jun-2015 23:57 - David Welbourn
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v.7: 04-May-2013 04:06 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 02-May-2008 10:58 - Paul O'Brian
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v.5: 08-Apr-2008 14:39 - Emily Short
Changed cover art
v.4: 27-Feb-2008 21:37 - David Welbourn
Changed description
v.3: 31-Jan-2008 22:29 - Dan Schmidt
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v.2: 29-Nov-2007 00:20 - pwiecz
Changed IFIDs
v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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