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Galatea

by Emily Short

Mythological
2000

Web Site

About the Story

Emily Short's description:

A conversation with a work of art. “47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.) Originally not an animate. The waking of this piece from its natural state remains unexplained.”

Galatea is my first released foray into interactive fiction. It is a single conversation with a single character, which can end any of a number of ways depending on the player’s decisions. Despite its age, I continue to get strong reactions to it in my email inbox on a fairly regular basis. Some people love it; some people find it annoying or distressing.

Galatea has what I call a multilinear plot: unlike traditional IF, it has no single path to victory. Instead there are a large number of endings, some more satisfactory than others, of which many could be considered “win” states. It takes only a few minutes of play to arrive at an ending, but considerably longer to find all of them.

The game also takes an ambitious approach to NPC (non-player character) conversation, both in terms of volume (Galatea has many hundreds of things to say) and complexity (she keeps track of the state of conversation and reacts differently according to what has already been said and done).

Game Details

Language: English (en-US)
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
Baf's Guide ID: 1326
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-000324-90B2
ZCODE-3-040208-2BC1
TUID: urxrv27t7qtu52lb

Page Update History

v.14: 21-Oct-2007 01:44 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
Changed external review links
v.13: 08-Aug-2013 12:29 - Emily Short
Changed external review links
v.12: 23-May-2013 03:26 - Edward Lacey
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v.11: 05-May-2013 08:40 - Edward Lacey
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v.10: 10-Feb-2013 10:03 - Edward Lacey
Changed external review links
v.9: 08-Oct-2011 03:13 - Emily Boegheim
Changed IFIDs
v.8: 28-Oct-2009 14:44 - Emily Short
Changed download links
v.7: 09-May-2009 02:35 - Emily Boegheim
Changed description
v.6: 09-May-2009 02:32 - Emily Boegheim
Changed description, download links
v.5: 25-Oct-2007 19:52 - Eriorg
Changed author
  v.4: 21-Oct-2007 01:44 - Michael R. Bacon
Changed description, forgiveness, Web site URL
v.3: 21-Oct-2007 01:41 - Michael R. Bacon
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v.2: 21-Oct-2007 01:41 - Michael R. Bacon
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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