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* [http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2777 CYOA books photoshopping contest] at somethingawful.com. This one's for fun, not serious.
 
* [http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2777 CYOA books photoshopping contest] at somethingawful.com. This one's for fun, not serious.
 
* [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure] at TV Tropes Wiki.
 
* [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure] at TV Tropes Wiki.
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* [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/tag/cyoa CYOA structures], a series of articles by [[Sam Kabo Ashwell]]:
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/449594.html CYOA structures: The Cave of Time]. 05-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/450007.html CYOA structures: Tween Romance]. 07-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/450301.html CYOA structures: more Packard]. 10-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/450390.html CYOA structures: CYO-RPG]. 17-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/450945.html CYOA structures: Spin-offs]. 20-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/451084.html CYOA structures: IF]. 24-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/451524.html CYOA: Educational]. 28-Aug-2011.
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** [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/451896.html CYOA structures: graphic novels]. 11-Sep-2011.
  
 
===Collaborative CYOA sites===
 
===Collaborative CYOA sites===

Revision as of 10:19, 27 September 2011

Choose your own adventure (often abbreviated to CYOA) refers to a style of interactive fiction where the game is assembled from a set of story nodes and related choices. A typical turn in a CYOA consists of a textdump describing the current situation of the game, followed by a short list of explicit options to choose from. The player then chooses one, and the story continues with a new section of the story and new options. This mode of play, moving from one story node to another, continues until an ending of some sort is reached.

Origins

From about 1981 to about 1995, Bantam published a series of books for young readers (ages 9-12) in which the story was told a page at a time. At the bottom of each page, the reader was offered a choice, along the lines of, "If you decide to stay here and wait for the supply ship, turn to page 12. If you decide to do a little exploring on your own, turn to page 17." Each book offered multiple endings, where the outcome depended upon what the reader wanted to happen next in the linear narrative. There were at least 150 books in the CYOA series, as well as spinoffs such as the "Choose Your Own Star Wars™ Adventure" series, and knockoffs from other publishers who used variations on the CYOA slogan.

Raymond Queneau's story "Un conte a votre façon" ("Story as You Like It" or "Yours for the Telling"), and later Julio Cortazar's novel Rayuela (Hopscotch), both from the early 1960s, are the original works in this one-text-multiple-paths form and deserve mention. The idea was first described in Jorge Luis Borges's 1941 story "El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan" ("The Garden of Forking Paths.")

Criticisms

The term CYOA may be applied in a somewhat derisive tone to an interactive fiction in which the player reads a lot of text and has only limited opportunities to interact with the game. If the choices are morally neutral ("If you decide to go north, select 1. If you decide to go south, select 2"), and the quality of the prose is nothing special, such a game can rapidly become tedious.

Those literary hypertexts in which the page chunks and links are both hard-coded resemble CYOA stories: "If you want to read a short story about Shelly Jackson's elbow, click here. If you want to read a short story about Shelly Jackson's knees, click here." (See "The Body", by Shelly Jackson.) But literary hypertext typically features inline links, and can also include variable (context-sensitive) links. Matthew Kirschenbaum notes a tendency for literary critics to interpret interactive fiction as glorified CYOA.

Links

Collaborative CYOA sites