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Science Fiction
Virtual reality
Virtual reality
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IF Comp 1996
3rd of 27
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XYZZY Awards 1996
Finalist - Best Story
Author(s) C. E. Forman
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 1996
Authoring system Inform 5
Platform(s) Z-code 5
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

(It begins with a quote from "Neuromancer" by William Gibson, then another quote from "Dune" by Frank Herbert.)

Reality is so... unreal. You're an employee of the Project, testing virtual realities for almost five years, becoming and unbecoming up to fifteen times a day. At times like this, you think that reality contains infinite variations of itself, since everyone experiences reality differently and without consensus.

Inside the spinning Sphere, all five senses are wiped clean, and a new reality forms: a coral reef, and you are a fish. Justy's disembodied voice asks you to take a test swim through the simulation so they can check for overload potential. Also, Cynthesiser's running an analysis sweep so there might be some slight distortion, but don't worry about it. You can swim east or west.

Notable Features


Release 1 (First competition release)

Release 2 (Second competition release)

  • Delusions (C. E. Forman as "the author"; 21-Oct-1996; Z-code 5).
    • Release 2 / Serial number 961021 / Inform v1502 Library 5/12
    • From the "HELP" text of the game:
      Second 1996 I-F Competition release. Temporarily removes the initial large epigram, fixing problems with the Frotz interpreter. (Please do not distribute this release outside of GMD, as the author's name and contact information are not prominent. Once all the votes are in, a fully-distributable version will be uploaded.)
    • IFID: ZCODE-2-961021-1555
      IFID links: IFDB.
    • IF Comp 1996: 3rd place of 27 entries.
    • XYZZY Awards 1996: Finalist for Best Story.

Release 3 (Post-competition release)

  • Delusions (C. E. Forman; 13-Jan-1997; Z-code 5).
    • Release 3 / Serial number 970113 / Inform v1502 Library 5/12
    • From the "HELP" text of the game:
      Post-competition release. Bugs (approx. 150) fixed, uncertainties cleared up, ease-of-use features implemented, author's name and contest info added.
    • Help menu also has a "SPECIAL CONTEST" item: "Buried somewhere in this release of "Delusions" is a comic book that reveals the name and basic concept of my next I-F effort."
    • IFID: ZCODE-3-970113-86D1
      IFID links: IFDB.
    • Download Delusns-r3.z5 from the IF Archive.

Release 4

  • Delusions (C. E. Forman; 21-Nov-1997; Z-code 5).
    • Release 4 / Serial number 971121 / Inform v6.14 Library 6/6
    • From the "HELP" text of the game:
      Final release. More bugs (approx. 40) fixed, code upgraded to Inform 6 syntax, contest info removed (though the secret still lies buried and undiscovered).
    • IFID: ZCODE-4-971121-6543
      IFID links: IFDB.
    • Download Delusns.z5 from the IF Archive.


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