Where to Begin on Macos Sierra?

#1

Hi,

I downloaded a .gblorb gme that sounded interesting. I have tried it on Gargoyle and Lectrote, without being able to play it in either. So what are good options?

  • I have a strobe sensitivity, so I need to avoid blinking cursors. I have trouble seeing around these cursors, and get migraines from extended exposure to these cursors. Or from brief exposure to strobes, turn signals, etc. I can disable the blinking cursors in Firefox, which has its own blink settings, and in NSText apps, but not in Webkit apps unless they have their own blink settings. I figure interactive fictions should be more accessible than most other games…

  • I know Inform is for writing interactive fiction, I don’t know if it is good for playing interactive fiction too.

  • I tried the standard Mac version of Gargoyle, and couldn’t type anything into it.

  • I tried the Sierra Mac version of Gargoyle, discussed here, https://intfiction.org/t/unofficial-gargoyle-build-for-macos-10-12/10574/1 and could type through the initial settings dialogue, but couldn’t get to the game. I only got a blank window.

  • I tried the standard Mac version of Lectrote, but couldn’t to the initial settings dialogue, to to a “Quixe init: glk_put_jstring: invalid stream” error. Also, the debugger has a flashing cursor and the help implies the regular screen would normally have a flashing cursor.

  • I will need to tweak some settings, for font size, scrollbars, and in webkit apps, blink rate. So I will need to know where they store their settings.

Thanks.

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(Dan Fabulich) #2

Is the problem just this game? Does any game work for you in either Lectrote or Sierra Gargoyle?

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(Andrew Plotkin) #3

If you know how to set the cursor blink rate in Chrome (Lectrote’s embedded browser), I’d be happy to add a Lectrote preference. Probably not right away, though – busy month – sorry.

If the game doesn’t run under either Gargoyle or Lectrote, that implies that there are bugs in the game. (It would help if we knew which game we were talking about.)

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#4

Sorry, I don’t know how to do anything in Chrome. People sometimes recommend it as a more accessible browser, but chrome.google.com is not an accessible site. If I don’t block Javascript, it triggers migraines. If I do, it is blank.

I tried All Roads from the list of starter games. It seems to run, but it’s a .z5 instead of .gblorb. I don’t know where else to search, to find some other games to test the .gblorb format and to enjoy for themselves.

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(Dan Fabulich) #5

So which game didn’t work for you? You never said.

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#6

I was trying NukuNookee’s Gynoid Conversion game: nukunookee.deviantart.com/journa … -625212370

So far I’ve enountered the same bug in 039, 038, and 037. I haven’t figured out Inform to compile from source and debug that way, and I don’t have an old enough version of inform.

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