Interactive fiction

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A type of adventure game where the game world and player input is described using text. Such as "You are in a hallway. There is a key on the floor", ">get key", ">use silver key on door", ">turn valve", ">say hello", etc..


Alternate names: IF, Text adventure

The first video game about Interactive fiction was released in 1975.

Infocom, Level 9 Computing and Rainbird has published most of these games

Note that despite the name, this is a very specific form of interactive fiction, not something that should be taken literally.
* Word input

* MUD - replicates the gameplay in MMO environment

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