Emily Short

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Emily Short
Emily Short.jpg
Emily Short in 2010.
Residence UK
Known for

Galatea

Counterfeit Monkey
Website emshort.wordpress.com

Emily Short is an interactive fiction (IF) writer, perhaps best known for her debut game Galatea[1] and her use of psychologically complex NPCs, or non-player game characters.[2] She has been called "a visionary in the world of text-based games for years",[3] and is the author of over thirty-five works of IF[4] in addition to being chief editor of the IF Theory Book. She writes a regular column on IF for Rock, Paper, Shotgun.[5]

Work as an Interactive Fiction Author[edit]

A number of Short's works have won acclaim at the XYZZY Awards, an annual popular-choice award for interactive fiction.[6][7] Her work has been described by reviewers in terms that range from "mesmerizing" to "frustrating". Her 2003 work, City of Secrets, was originally commissioned by a San Francisco synth pop band, but later left the project, which she completed on her own.[8]

While many of Short's early games were written in Inform, she later experimented with a variety of formats. One such format was Versu, an engine for plot-heavy and story-rich interactive fiction that Short helped developed, and which was later scrapped by Linden Labs, the company owning the engine.[9] Other formats include Varytale, for which she developed the game Bee,[10] and a custom engine by Liza Daly (with help from the company inkle) for the game FIrst Draft of the Revolution.[11] Both formats use an interactive fiction engine based on weblinks.

Inform 7[edit]

Short has played a major role in the development of Graham Nelson's radical new interactive fiction development system, Inform 7.[12] Her more conspicuous contributions include writing most of the 300+ programming examples in the documentation, and creating two full-length demo games for release with the Inform 7 beta.

Selected IF works[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan, Marie-Laure. (2006). Avatars of story. U of Minnesota Press. 
  2. ^ Stuart, Keith (Jun 5, 2015). "Lonely planet: the solitude of open-world games when the story is over". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Alderman, Naomi (Sep 22, 2014). "The magic of words opens a whole new world of fun". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Emily Short Member Profile". Interactive Fiction Database. 
  5. ^ Short, Emily (June 15, 2016). "Text Adventures For People Who Hate Guessing The Verb". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  6. ^ a b "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2002". XYZZY news. XYZZY news. 2002. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  7. ^ a b "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2006". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  8. ^ "City of Secrets". 
  9. ^ Nutt, Christian (Mar 14, 2014). "The end of Versu:Emily Short Looks Back". Gamasutra. 
  10. ^ "Bee". Dan Q. 
  11. ^ Hamilton, Kirk (Sep 24, 2012). "Write (And Re-Write) Letters Of Intrigue In This Fantastic Free Game". Kotaku. 
  12. ^ Smith, Graham (May 9, 2014). "Informing You: Text Adventure Tool Inform 7 Has Updated". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 
  13. ^ a b Mullin, Eileen (2000). "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2000". XYZZY news. Eileen Mullin. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  14. ^ "Emily Short: Galatea". Electronic Literature Collection Volume One. Electronic Literature Organization. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  15. ^ Parker, Marnie. "2000 IF Art Show". IF Art Show. Marnie Parker. Archived from the original on June 6, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  16. ^ Musante, Mark J. (2000). "6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition Voting Results". Interactive Fiction Competition. Interactive Fiction Competition. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  17. ^ "XYZZY Awards: Winning Games of 2003". XYZZY news. XYZZY news. 2003. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  18. ^ McDonald, Thomas L. and Bennett, Dan. The Electronic Games 100. Games. Issue 196 (Vol. 27, No. 10). Pg.58. December 2003.
  19. ^ "12th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition". 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  20. ^ "XYZZY Awards Historical Results". 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 

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