ParserComp games are still available to play and vote on through July 31, and players are reviewing these games over on the intfiction forum.
Hops Ahead: The Art of Alternate Histories, Presents, and Futures is an exhibition of interactive narrative works, curated by Clara Fernández-Vara and Nick Montfort, running December 4-7 at UC Santa Cruz alongside the ICIDS conference. Now through July 31, the curators are inviting submissions of work on the themes of
- Alternate histories, presents, and futures
- Social connection and disconnection
- Cultural universals and differences
- Working across languages
- Playful words and languages
Accepted artwork will be displayed at the exhibit, and afterwards participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed book; there is also a small honorarium. Parser-based and hypertext interactive fiction are explicitly called out as appropriate formats to submit to this event (along with a range of others).
Narrascope will run July 30-31: the event is low-cost and remote, and features speakers on many aspects of interactive narrative.
August 6 is the next meetup of the San Francisco Bay IF Meetup, and will be conducted online.
In early September, inkJam will be running to encourage new games written in Ink.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to submit an entry to IFComp this year, you can register your intent to participate as an author any time between now and September 1, and make sure you’re getting email and updates about the competition as the deadline approaches. Actual games will be due September 28.
Voice actor Sarah Elmaleh talks about the work of voicing games: what the work involves from a practical perspective, the labour protections involved, what she’d advocate to game studios, the imaginative requirements of acting for a scene or environment that doesn’t exist.
This is part of Jude Kampfner’s Creative Confidential podcast – Jude talks about creative processes to a range of different people, some not related to games or IF at all, but you may also enjoy her older conversation with Matthew S. Burns.