I had come to this moment via a surreal and foolish trip that started with a question: Can you pass the Turing Test? I`d found this bunny hole on ClickHole, the Buzzfeed-parodying offshoot of The Onion that has, however unbelievably, become a tiny haven for humorous, often remarkably complex Choose Your Own Adventure style interactive fiction games. (Disclosure: I utilized to freelance for The AV Club, also owned by the Onion.).
Clickventures, as they`re called, are exercises in absurdist escalation. They normally start modestly, but rapidly shift into the unforeseen and outrageous. To pass the Turing Test, I journeyed from a personal computer office to an ersatz variation of a Pokémon gym on the world phase. Others have you journeying into the woods to present a cultist s rapture, or collecting a glass of milk from progressively off-putting farm animals.
Interactive fiction stories in which the gamer chooses where to go next is among the earliest types of computer games, having its origins in the 1970s with video games like Zork. The type has made something of a return since late with speculative online games like Zoe Quinn`s Depression Quest. The ease of programming easy interactive fiction video games has actually led it to be embraced by indie designers like Quinn as well as led ClickHole