Rob Wittig and Mark C. Marino describe I Work for the Web, as ‘netprov’: a networked improvised narrative. This clever piece reflects on how our activity online amounts to unpaid work for social media corporations. It was created collaboratively in real time on those same social media sites in 2015 and now exists in summary as a series of Buzzfeed lists.
Created by Brisbane-based writer, game developer, and if:book contributor Christy Dena, Magister Ludi is a take on the popular escape-the-room games that combines tricky gameplay with great—if sometimes teasing—narration. Originally created for Experimenta’s International Biennial of Media Art, it has since been acknowledged by the Freeplay International Independent Games Festival Showcase and the New Media Writing Prize. It’s available on the web and for download to iPhone and iPad.
Another if:book contributor on the New Media Writing Prize shortlist is Jason Nelson with The Bafflement Fires, a digital version of a what's purported to be a mysterious board game recovered from the semi-destroyed effects of “psychiatrist and freemason Theodore Felton”. Playing against the computer (very hard to beat, in my experience at least), the game runs like a standard board game interspersed with enigmatic question and answer cards.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.