Apologies if this has been asked or discussed before.
First let me state that when I get into something, I really get into it. I am of the sort of person who will happily talk at length about something that interests me, and when I find something new of this sort I often “test” my friends with such talk to see if I can find anyone who might be as interested as me.
Needless to say, IF has been one such recent interest. When I’ve brought it up, one of the common things they’ve mentioned has been Choose-Your-Own-Adventures/choosable-path books/whatever the vogue phrase for those is nowadays. I, personally, have always mentally thought of IF as referring primarily to games like Zork - which I suppose might be better specified as text adventures.
I guess a sensible way to disambiguate all these phrases might be to use interactive fiction to refer to the wider genre of games that includes both text adventures (e.g. Zork) and nonlinear fiction (e.g. CYOA; I think that’s the correct term?), among other forms.
What’s the public consensus, if any? Is that correct; does it need refinement; am I off-base entirely?