Interactive Entertainment Software

From WRT

Writer Response Theory (http://www.writerresponsetheory.org) offers this guide to assist with teaching and learning interactive entertainment. At this stage we're focusing on free or cheap software that is easy to use. Exhibition channels are also being added, especially for new media arts types that are emerging or usually expensive to distribute. Please add comments and feedback at the thread on our blog too (http://wrt.ucr.edu/wordpress/2005/06/23/interactive-entertainment-practice-software/), or even offer a review of any of the items mentioned here. Conceived by Christy Dena, developed by Christy Dena, Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass (2005).

Table of contents

3D Characters

Software: GUI

Poser (http://shop.designertoday.com/r-/m-Software/b-229615/a-B00083SCCM/Default.aspx)
- Price: paid
3dMeNow (http://download.biz.tm/3DMeNow/03.6302.html)

- Price: free version
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

3D Worlds

Software: GUI


Active Worlds (http://www.activeworlds.com/)

The Kaneva Game Platform (http://www.kaneva.com/create/create.aspx?ttCat=create&subtab=feat)

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Software: Sourcecode


Active Worlds (http://www.activeworlds.com/)
Hosting


Active Worlds (http://www.activeworlds.com/)
Exhibition Channel


Active Worlds (http://www.activeworlds.com/)

Adventure Games

Software: GUI

For a list of engines, see Adventure Developers (http://www.adventuredevelopers.com/engines.php) Adventure Game Studio (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/)
Adventure Maker (http://www.adventuremaker.com/)
AGAST (http://allitis.com/agast/)
SUDS (http://www.btinternet.com/~sudslore/)
- Description: GUI authoring and playing
- Development: designed for nonprogrammers
- Authoring: Windows only
- Play: Windows only?
- Price: freeware
Quest Pro 3.53 (http://www.axeuk.com/quest/index.htm)
- Development: pitched at nonprogrammers (can add pics and sound)
- Authoring:
- Play:
- Price: US$24.95

Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

ALife Art

Software: GUI Software: Sourcecode Generation5 JDK (http://www.generation5.org/jdk/) Hosting Exhibition Channel

Animation & Interaction

Software: GUI

VR backgrounds (urban) (http://www.stefan-greuter.de/research/prototypes.htm)


- Price: free
Software: Sourcecode

Processing (http://processing.org/)
- Details: images, animation, sound etc


- Price: free</span>
Hosting Exhibition Channel Processing Exhibition (http://processing.org/exhibition/index.html)</span>

Audio Streaming

Software: GUI

MuSE (http://muse.dyne.org/)

- Description: Indy Radio
- Price: (free)

Requires some knowledge
Software: Sourcecode

FSF/UNESCO Free Software Directory Audio Manipulation Software (http://directory.fsf.org/audio/)

HostingBroadcast Servers:


Icecast (http://www.icecast.org/)
Darwin (http://developer.apple.com/darwin/projects/streaming/)
Shoutcast (http://www.shoutcast.com/)

Exhibition Channel

Blog Fiction & Art

Software: GUI

Blogger (http://www.blogger.com)
Livejournal


MySpace
Software: Sourcecode Hosting

Blogger (http://www.blogger.com)
Livejournal
MySpace

Exhibition Channel MoBlog:Enter (http://www.mobilelog.ca/main.shtml)

Chatbots

Software: GUI

Pandora Bots (http://www.pandorabots.com/botmaster/en/home)


Yapanda (comes with Virtual Humans (http://www.ordinarymagic.com/v-people/)book)</span>
Software: Sourcecode

Alicebot (http://www.alicebot.org)

Character Maker 2.0 (http://laci.lcc.gatech.edu/cmaker/)(Janet H. Murray)

Dante (http://www.dantebot.com/)

Facade (http://www.interactivestory.net/)

Personality Forge (http://www.personalityforge.com/)

Hosting


Pandora Bots (http://www.pandorabots.com/botmaster/en/home)
Exhibition Channel

Cyber Theatre

Software: GUI

Upstage (http://www.upstage.org.nz/)


- Price: free</span>
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

Email Fiction

Software: GUI

DEN Software (http://www.greatamericannovel.com/den/what.php#)
- Details: Email simulation software
- Platform: PC only at this stage.


- Conditions: Need to register (not avail yet)</span>
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

Game Mods

Software: GUI

Aurora Neverwinter Toolset (http://nwn.bioware.com/builders/)


- Price: pay for Neverwinter CDs first</span>
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

Modologues (http://www.bunkmag.com/vice/)

Hypermedia

Software: GUI

Storyspace (http://www.eastgate.com/Storyspace.html)

- Price: (paid only)
Macromedia Flash
- Price: (paid only)


Macromedia Dreamweaver (paid only)
Software: Sourcecode

Keyworx (http://www.keyworx.org/)
- KeyWorx is a software platform that aims to enable developers to invent, develop, integrate and deploy applications with multi-user/multimedia features.

Word Circuits Connection Muse (http://www.wordcircuits.com/connect/)

Hosting Exhibition Channel

iCinema

Software: GUI

Virtual Cinema (http://www.virtualcinema.com/)

Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

IF

IF


Choosing an IF Language Guide (http://www.brasslantern.org/writers/howto/chooselang.html)


Easy IF Languages Guide (http://www.brasslantern.org/writers/iftheory/easyif.html)
Adrift (http://www.adrift.org.uk/cgi/new/adrift.cgi)


- Description: text-based adventure games (can add sound and graphics though)
- Authoring: Windows only
- Play: Windows only?
- Price: shareware ($17)
ALAN (http://www.alanif.se/)
- Description: text-adventure
- Development: pitched at beginners
- Authoring: All platforms?
- Play: All platforms?
- Price: Freeware
Inform (http://www.inform-fiction.org/)
- Development: challenging
- Authoring: Any platform
- Play: Any platform
- Price: free
Storybuilders (http://www.skotos.net/storybuilders/)
- Description: text-based game creation community. Submit a proposal
- Price: free
TADS (http://www.tads.org/)
- Development: challenging
- Authoring: Any platform
- Play: Any platform
- Price: free
Quest Pro 3.53 (http://www.axeuk.com/quest/index.htm)
- Development: pitched at nonprogrammers
- Authoring:
- Play:
- Price: US$24.95 </span>

Software: Sourcecode

Adventure Game Toolkit (AGT) (http://www.markwelch.com/agt.htm)
- Development: complex
- Authoring: Mac only
- Price: Free
Quest Pro 3.53 (http://www.axeuk.com/quest/index.htm)
- Development: source code included
- Authoring: ASL scripting language
- Play:
- Price: US$24.95

Hosting Exhibition Channel


IF Comp (http://www.ifcomp.org/)

Concours (http://ifiction.free.fr/concours.php)

Interactive Comics

Software: GUI

Strip Creator (http://www.stripcreator.com/make.php) - Development: easy to use

- Platform: All platforms

- Price: free

Strip Generator (http://www.thirdframestudios.com/adgame/stripgen/)

- Development: easy

- Platform: all platforms

- Price: free
Software: Sourcecode

Clickwheel (http://www.clickwheel.net/)

Tarquin Engine (http://www.webcomicsnation.com/tarquin/)

- Description: The Tarquin Engine is a tool for the creation and delivery of zooming infinite canvas webcomics. In it's current form it exists as a series of Action Script routines within a Macromedia Flash FLA file. Users can customise this template file through a simple drag-and-drop process in order to create their own original infinite canvas narrative.

- Development: Need flash knowledge

- Price: $19.95 (also, need Macromedia Flash)

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Hosting Exhibition Channel

Keenspace (http://www.keenspace.com/)


- Description: Free hosting of comic strips

Interactive Drama

Software: GUI

Erasmatron (http://www.erasmatazz.com/free.html)
- Platform: Mac Only
Facade (http://www.interactivestory.net/)
- Development: challenging (need to deduce from papers)
- Platform: Windows XP / 2000 / ME, on a computer 1.6 GHz or faster, with 256MB or more of RAM and 1.0GB of hard disk space. A Macintosh version is planned for some point in the future.


- Price: free</span>
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

iPod Art & Fiction

Software: GUI

iStory Creator (http://www.ipodsoft.com/software.aspx)


- (includes emulator for viewing on a computer)</span>
Software: Sourcecode Hosting Exhibition Channel

iSilver (http://www.netcolony.com/istories_silver/)


- Details: Exhibits stories and games

Mobile Art & Fiction

Software: GUI
Mobile Filmmaking Lessons (http://www.mobifilms.net/lessons.html)</span>
Software: Sourcecode GapiDraw (http://www.develant.com/gapidraw.php)


- Description: GapiDraw is the graphics platform to use when creating applications with high demands for fast 2D graphics on mobile devices.
- Development: challenging


- Price: $950+
Hosting Exhibition Channel

WINKSite (http://winksite.com)
Mobile Filmmaking Award (http://www.mobifilms.net/contest.html)
SMS Stories @ Phonebook.com (http://www.the-phone-book.com/version12/members/index.php)
MoBlog:Enter (http://www.mobilelog.ca/main.shtml) </span>
Onesixty (http://www.centrifugalforces.co.uk/onesixty01/pages/main.html)


160 Characters (http://www.onesixty.net/)

Robot Art

Software: Sourcecode Robosapien Dance Machine (http://www.robodance.com/)


- Price: free but need Robosapien
Lego Mindstorms (http://mindstorms.lego.com/)


- Price: paid only & expensive
Hosting Exhibition Channel

Software Art

Software: GUI Software: Sourcecode OutSource Me! (http://solaas.com.ar/outsource/welcome) Hosting Exhibition Channel

Video

Software: GUI Software: Sourcecode FSF/UNESCO Free Software Directory of Video Manipulation Software (http://directory.fsf.org/vid/manip/) Hosting Exhibition Channel

Video Games

Software: GUI

The Kaneva Game Platform (http://www.kaneva.com/create/create.aspx?ttCat=create&subtab=feat)
Tile-based Games (http://www.tonypa.pri.ee/tbw/)
- Description: Tutorial on making tile-based games in Flash
- Development: Need knowledge of Flash
- Price: free

Edsac Simulator (http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~edsac/)
-Description: For viewing and playing the first video games ever created.
- Platform: Available for Mac and PC.

Software: Sourcecode

Blitzmax (http://www.blitzbasic.com/Products/blitzmax.php)
- Development: Challenging
- Platform: multiplatform
- Price: $80USD
Pygame (http://www.pygame.org/)
- Description: Set of Python modules designed for writing games
- Development: Challenging
- Platform: runs on almost all platforms
- Price: free
MAC Developer Connection > Games (http://developer.apple.com/games/)
- Development: Challenging
XGameStation (http://www.xgamestation.com/about_gamestation.php) - Description: The XGameStation Micro Edition (XGS ME) Video Game System development kit (hardware and software) - Development: Challenging - Price: ?

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Hosting Exhibition Channel