When acting as a particle/when acting as a wave

By David T. Marchand (Twine; IFDB; play here)

I can’t give much context on this piece, because every word in this Twine is a link. Without scenery text – text to set the scene – you see the game world solely through the decisions available to you. It’s like peeking through a pinhole. Even then, the author suggests a dream sequences and segments of real life, with eerie parallels. The same actions repeat themselves, but take on deeper meanings in different contexts.

The format really works for the story. Reading only the links keeps the rhythm of the writing going. Circuitous conversations are shown through cycling links; social interactions crescendo in a series of seemingly trivial choices.

When acting as a particle was created for the Fear of Twine exhibition, organised by Richard Goodness, a collation of Twine games featuring a broad variety of styles and ways of using words. It’s fairly short – reminiscent of the party game where you have to guess the story by asking the storyteller only yes/no questions – and well worth a look to consider how Twine can be used differently.

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