What Is Your Quest?
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“What Is Your Quest? offers a significant contribution to the general field of cyberculture studies, in particular to gaming, electronic literature, e-books, and mobile computing.”—Bryan Alexander, author, The New Digital Storytelling
“In What Is Your Quest?, we find adventure games situated in their many important contexts and we are shown their relationship to the sometimes overlapping categories of electronic literature, tabletop role-playing games, gamebooks, interactive fiction, transmedia storytelling, and the e-book. Anastasia Salter considers overlooked threads (including several sorts of fan production) as she traces the history and extent of this genre, clearly and accessibly mapping out a fascinating constellation of digital works.”—Nick Montfort, author, Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction
“Not even the most wonderful book can be magical in itself—readers are the true magicians, and the heart of their power lies in seeing beyond the letter of any text, into that space of possibility where words make worlds. Reading and writing must remain in play. Salter has produced a notably magical book that examines the fresh generation of writer-designers who are now creating works with roots in both library and arcade.”—Stuart Moulthrop, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
What Is Your Quest? examines the future of electronic literature in a world where tablets and e-readers are becoming as common as printed books and where fans are blurring the distinction between reader and author. The construction of new ways of storytelling is already underway: it is happening on the edges of the mainstream gaming industry and in the spaces between media, on the foundations set by classic games. Along these margins, convergent storytelling allows for playful reading and reading becomes a strategy of play.
The interactions between storytellers and readers, between programmers and creators, and among fans turned world-builders are essential to the development of innovative ways of telling stories. And at the same time that fan activities foster the convergence of digital gaming and storytelling, new and increasingly accessible tools and models for interactive narrative empower a broadening range of storytellers. It is precisely this interactivity among a range of users surrounding these new platforms that is radically reshaping both e-books and games and those who read and play with them.