The importance of consequences plots Brenda Laurel’s response to Michael Mateas.
Secret agency is at issue in Frasca’s response, which denies the application of Aristotle to the open-ended interactivity of gaming.
Insisting on the centrality of character (in literature no less than gaming) Ken Perlin responds to Victoria Vesna and Will Wright.
In response to Perlin, Victoria Vesna reiterates the unique realism of games.
Espen Aarseth foresees the quick end of Murray’s “story-game hybrid” and suggests instead a “critical theory of games.”
Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin introduce Cyberdrama, the first section of First Person.
Diane Goodman on the anthology that helped put the term “postfeminism” into circulation.
Dodie Bellamy gets to the “dirty parts” of contemporary fiction.
Joe Amato on the Social Text controversy.
George Landow reviews Patchwork Girl by Shelley Jackson.