Feelies

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Physical items -- brochures, photographs, small coins, glow-in-the-dark plastic stones, and other paraphernalia -- distributed along with IF software, either purely for aesthetic/immersive value, or to serve as a copy-protection mechanism (offering clues to an in-game puzzle). These were often found in Infocom games.

Some amateur IF has also included feelies, either as accompanying files (webpages offering background for the game, for instance), or in a physical form which the player could order from the author.

The term "feelie" was employed by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World (1932), where it was applied to a kind of movie that offered tactile feedback.

See also

Links

Wayback Machine links

The following link points to archive.org's copy of an old website that is no longer available.

  • Feelies.org. Your (former) one-stop shop for interactive fiction feelies. Feelies.org disappeared in early 2008.