I’ve been thinking that a conspiracy theory might lend itself well to an IF game – it would be fun to watch the evidence unfold. For example, Roswell, though that seems too obvious. Or any of the many government conspiracy theories that abound and are reasonably well recognized.
I don’t want to repeat anyone else’s idea – has this been done? And if so, with what conspiracies?
I’m sure they must exist, but if you make a game about JFK’s assassination by the Illuminati, or the alien from Roswell escaping Area 51, I don’t think anyone’s going to go “Hey, she’s ripping off [GAME X]!”
Originality and innovation are only a means to an end. Quality and craft are the most important parts of any game.
Quickly Googling ‘“interactive fiction” “conspiracy theory”’ brings up a couple of references to The Plant, by Mike Roberts. One now-defunct website suggests Little Blue Men, by Michael Gentry, as well. Searching IFDB for “conspiracy” offers up Project Delta, by Emilian Kowalewski (which isn’t even IF, strictly speaking, and which received terrible reviews). Caveat: I have not played any of these games.
That seems to be pretty much it, unless you count The Cabal by Stephen Bond, which is a big rec.arts.int-fiction in-joke about accusations that Graham Nelson and a few other IF aficionados were trying to control the IF community.
Huh. I actually been trying to make an IF game (reminiscent of Floor 13) where you play a secret police agent who tries to keep conspiracies hidden, and troublemakers quiet.
A conspiracy game would sound nice, but would be difficult by nature because conspiracies tend to try to stay hidden, planting red herrings along the way. I’d probably be too lazy to solve those puzzles.