June 30 is the last day to submit games to ParserComp.
July 3 is the next SF / Bay Area IF Meetup.
Overboard! is a new interactive detective story from inkle – in which you are definitely the culprit, and the only question is who is going to take the fall for your misdeeds. It’s available for iOS and on Steam.
If you prefer your stories in interactive audio form instead, you may be interested in Wanderword’s audio horror story Escape from 63rd and Wallace, set in 1890s Chicago. Playable on the Amazon Echo, it features two modes, story-focused and puzzle-focused.
Narrative Mechanics is a book of articles on games and the making of meaning through mechanics.
Aaron Reed’s 50 Years of Text Games series continues to deliver extraordinary stories about the history of the medium. I found myself particularly enthralled and fascinated with his telling of the games written by St. Bride’s – a chapter in game history I’d not heard of before Aaron brought it to my attention.
The London IF Meetup heard from Destina Connor about characterisation and identity in JRPGs. A recording can be found here.
Jeremiah McCall recently spoke about teaching history through video games, and that talk can be found on YouTube.