Yesterday I got an email in my inbox asking for my participation (as a "employee" aka "useful idiot") in a penny stock scam. I've been caught up in one before, so I felt inspired to convey the general tone and feeling of such operations in ZZT form.
Although this game is fictional, the techniques described are pretty close to reality. One only needs to visit InvestorsHub and browse around a little to find shining examples of this particular formula in action. It really is all about emotional state and maintaining that balance of "fear vs. greed" to keep the victim involved. But eventually your money disappears, and....well, nothing happens after that! (I came out of it okay, in the end.)
Some of the techniques not depicted in this game:
-Encourage a "community" of victims and make them start reassuring each other and reaching out to their friends to help in rationalizing a logically unsound investment(a friend got me drawn in, in my own case)
-Include accomplices to make in-person visits to victims that support your image. They could be "partners," "common men made millionares," "skeptics," or any number of character archetypes that weave a story that barely holds itself together. The sky's the limit.
-Turn business into war - e.g. "get back at the evil bankers manipulating the market" or "help revolutionize (industry x)". If the foes are big and vague, they're easy to blame, and your cause looks all the better, regardless of how poor its fundamentals are.
-Make bold claims that might hook people not familiar with the particular industry, such as these gems from my email:
...A start-up funded through two rounds of engineering and now with a manufacturing agreement in place with a NASDAQ traded global top ten contract manufacturer.
...A former computer science professor at USC, Sacramento commented on *redacted* as follows:
“Based on my experience, I can testify that this is a fresh idea, highly innovative, and, in my opinion, something that the general public would love to use. Most users do belong to several social networks. This tool makes the social network environment easy to navigate … and user friendly. This is a required application on the same level as something like Instagram. Instagram fell into an innovative and rapid to market category, which captured a large market really fast. *redacted* has similar characteristics and falls into this category of being innovative and reaching a large market.”
(I followed up to that email telling the guy "I don't work for equity, but I will work for $250,000 up front" and he politely declined. He doesn't know what he's missing out on...)
YOU MUST SIMULATE RUNNING IE ON YOUR PC.
THE MOST ACCURATE SIMULATOR EVER!!!111
Another installment in SoftSoft's venerable "put the thingy into the other thingy" series. This one's an allegorical representation of Alex Hirsch, putting mystery into his kid's cartoon so that folks everywhere and everywhen could enjoy it. It's also the installment that took the longest to make, because I kept adding in these like "unique parser responses" and "Gravity Falls in-jokes". I may update later in the week with more, but for now, just enjoy it for what it is. Remember, you need an interpreter program like Gargoyle or Windows Frotz to play the Z-code file.
I'm good for anything that stops me from working on my master's degree.
Press X to not die. Simple, no?
This is the first of a bunch of games! From this one there will be others that continue the narrative from each ending. There are 13 endings to this one (0-12). Have fun!
eDIT: Sometimes you have to talk to someone else to get someone to talk to you again.
So I tweeted last night "@retroremakes Screw 2012. I am personally committing to submit at least infinity games to the kart." with this game in mind.
And today I find Jonathan Whiting's made this, beating me to the punch.
Not only that, but this game, a clear ripoff of my game Glitch Tank.
This can only be resolved with a game-making duel.
I made this originally during the Weekend Chaos Twine Slam-Ba-Dunk Jam Sauce hosted by Porpentine like a month ago. It's been changed in a few ways for some more ideas I had, but had no time to fully implement.
It's based on an alternate universe version of said weekend, in that it could have gone like this. It was also meant (in retrospect) as a personal motivator for me to not be so lazy all the time. I would say it's done a good job of this, but I didn't bother to finish this game up until yesterday sooo
Life's shit and then OH GOD IT DOESN'T END!
I just spent like a half hour adding games to the Klik of the Month Klub wiki page (including some long-neglected Ladies Auxiliary events), and poof! All of my work disappeared without a trace when I hit "Preview".
If anyone wants to help out, here is the timeline (asterisks beside events that are already in the wiki):
We, uh, we make a lot of games, guys. Jeez.