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Friday, September 5, 2008

Anybody Still Into These?

I was thinking of starting this by saying “these are the grand-daddy of RPGs”… good thing I did a quick research on computer RPGs and found out that computer RPGs predate these books. Oh well, so much for a dramatic introduction…


I can’t remember if I’ve read all of these… as a matter of fact, I can’t even remember anything about any of the stories! Yup, it’s been THAT long! I’m getting old!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these, these are sort of “interactive” books which contain stories that have several possible endings. How a story ends depends on the course of action you choose to take (options are provided to you on selected pages).

Just found out on Wikipedia that these types of books are called “gamebooks”. From Wikepedia:
Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children's gamebooks first published by Bantam Books from 1979-1998 and currently being re-published by Chooseco. Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character's actions in response to the plot and its outcome. Choose Your Own Adventure was one of the most popular children’s series during the 1980s and 1990s, selling over 250 million copies between 1979 and 1998, and translated into at least 38 languages.
So there.


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