The Twine Apocalypse

Kendall Gerdes

Games

A red sky over a valley.

If you’re wondering what Twine is, check out my post Twine Games 101. Or, continue on… The 2015 anthology Videogames for Humans solved a problem unique to anthologizing digital games: if every playthrough of a game might be different, how can a collection represent those possible differences? The answer was, as the text’s subtitle says, to put “Twine authors in conversation.” Each game is presented as a singular playthrough by someone other than the game’s maker. The player makes and

Twine Games 101

Kendall Gerdes

Games

A knot tied in a piece of brown twine.

In November 2014, the New York Times hailed Twine as “the video-game technology for all.” Twine is an open-source tool that’s pretty easy to learn: it took me about 20 minutes to make my first simple game with Twine. You don’t even have to download the software anymore – you can use Twine 2 inside your browser.