Thanks again for the votes in the last avatar contest everyone.
This week will be something a little different. Let's set the scene:
You are sitting in front of a computer, connected to the Internet, and logged into your favourite online forum. On the screen is a brand new forum thread highlighting the latest avatar contest. There is an exit behind you leading to the rest of the world.
> OPEN THREAD
You click on the thread and start to read it. You learn that the theme of the contest is all about computer adventure games.
> READ MORE
The forum thread describes that the theme is about "the adventure games of old, where you have an inventory, an unfamiliar (sometimes fantasy) setting, a set of instructions to use, and directions to travel in, sometimes with exits." You realise that such adventure games require your wits, some lateral thinking, and a bit of courage in order to succeed.
Just as boredom starts to creep into your mind, you scroll down the thread more, and something catches your eye.
The thread continues: "The contest theme is not restricted to text adventures - there is also the wide world of the point-and-click adventure subgenre, which provided a graphical interface and amusing graphics, sound and voices to breathe life into the story world, and these are not only accepted but encouraged in this contest."
Your interest rises, to the point that you consider taking part.
I don't understand what you are trying to say.
That is correct. You have an inventory.
> EXAMINE MY INVENTORY PLEASE
Your computer system including keyboard and mouse
Your design software or equivalent for creating computer images
Your imagination (infinite)
A hot beverage
> READ FINAL PART OF THE POST
"The closing date for applications is late this Saturday."
You ponder on this for a moment. Do you make an early start, or decide to leave things for later?
> SWITCH OFF COMPUTER
You switch off the computer.
You are sitting in darkness. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
So anyway, the theme this week is the computer Adventure Game
: graphical point-and-click, text-based, or other similar types. If you can convince me to include your favourite action-adventure game, I might consider it too.
However, I don't think RPG-adventure games will be allowed this time (we've had a RPG contest fairly recently).
I'll allow entries for the contest until late on Saturday night, then set up the poll.