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About the Story"Have you ever wondered what might have happened if a key leader had lived or died, a key decision been made differently...? Such arguments were a popular pastime BC [before computers] when there was less to occupy thinking peoples' free time. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking some more. To the best of my knowledge everything is historically accurate. All arguments are based on reasonable premises." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]
52nd Place - 6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2000)
-- Valentine Kopteltsev
>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page
This file has nothing to offer as IF. Its writing is difficult, sometimes impossible, to understand. It might make an interesting pamphlet, if somebody who is fluent in English gave it a major editorial overhaul. What it's doing in an interactive fiction competition remains an unanswered question.
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As the other reviews state: this is not a game- there is nothing but a menu of 6 choices, with certain historical events with a "what if someone important had died" question.
As a non-game, it would have been nice if certain meta-commands had been disabled (I'm still as good looking as ever and am carrying nothing). Perhaps a hypertext document would have been better suited than a Z-code project, but it's not fair to just slam it, because that's one of the things that inform 7 is marketed as.
Even still, IFDB might not be the place for it as it isn't a game or story in any real way, and so people looking for such won't find much here.
It is interesting reading but not polished. It is quite descriptive, however.
The interactivity didn't really draw me in, and I don't see myself reading it again. While the essays were fascinating, I felt no emotional connection to the text.
Not what I need, January 12, 2014
Oh yeah and this really isn't a game
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