Kewl Site Alert: You Chose Wrong is a Trip Down Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Lane

Let's start today's post with a POP QUIZ.

Quick! What's this?
Source: GameBooks
If you are a child of the 70s, then you know exactly what this is. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book.

Oh, Choose Your Own Adventure. The books that were constructed entirely out of decision trees: read a couple of pages and then make a decision. If you open the door, go to page 72. If you decide to wait, go to page 245. And all of us did this: flipped to both of those and if you saw a short paragraph followed by the words "The End" you quickly took the other option to keep the book going.

The stories were dark, often included kidnapping, murder and spy activity. But that's not what made them awesome. No, the interactive nature, the immersion in the story, the "you" perspective, made the books awesome. And in the end not only did you choose your own adventure, you chose to read. Which is saying a lot.

Well this post isn't just meant to be a reminder of the hours of fun you had as a child, it's also intended to show you how you can relive some of those memories through the site: You Chose Wrong. This Tumblr is a collection of what can only be identified as the "bad decision" pages: those short-paragraph pages that you put so much effort in avoiding back in the day:

Credit: Fighting Fantasy #16: Seas of Blood, 1985
Go on, take a trip down memory lane and see how many dead end pages you remember from your childhood. It's completely addictive, I promise!

Popular posts from this blog

Designing the team experience: Building culture through onboarding (Slides from PPPConf, Chicago 2018)

UX Theatre: Are You Just Acting Like You're Doing User-Centered Design?

"Why don't you just": Why gov doesn't need tech saviourism (but we do need you)