Collaborative story telling
Abrupt Goodbye is a collaborative chatting game released by an indie game studio. The whole thing is browser based and all of the content is user generated. I think that it’s possibly a first foray into a entirely new type of game.
The premise is supplied: A blind man is waiting for a train, a woman approaches him and talks.
Abrupt Goodbye is cool for a number of reasons:
– It is infinitely replayable – each completed game extends the content of the game a little bit, so the next game is longer and more varied.
– It’s totally asynchronous, but puts two ‘sides’ against each other. Each side is several players working together without communicating.
– The system is set up to be self-improving – as you choose your conversational options, you vote for the most interesting ones. So there’s a constant positive reform going on there.