March 29: 3D Fiction & Poetry

Read: Divergent Streams, Rettberg

Blog: TBA


Final Project Proposals > set up meeting

ELD Entry feedback

Final ELD Entry  – guidelines below…

Pry > 2 part weekly readings and discussion.

  • purchase on iOS or check out an iPad for a few hours each week 
  • you need earbuds
  • take notes about the form, the navigation, the story and how you experience interpret the story
  • blog each week about your reading


Divergent Streams > 3D Fiction and Poetry

  • Locative Fiction
  • Interactive Installations
  • AR and VR


Text Rain, by Camille Utterback


Perpetual Nomads

Virtual Virtual Reality

ELD Entries:

  • Discoverability: how and where can users/readers find and engage with the work? Is it site-specific or installed? Is it open-accessor behind a paywall? What devices are required to access? Is it accessible?
  • Modes of reception: how is the work received, literally? In what manner does the user/reader receive and engage with the work? And, as an extension, how has the work been critically “received,” if applicable?
  • Relevance to media: how central is the media format of the work? In what ways does the work take advantage of or engage with its media? How does this work fit into a history of other works in that or a related media?
  • Experientiality: what or how was the entry author’s experience of the work? Did you, as the author of this entry, visit a space? How many times did you interact with the work, or did you? Could you? What did you touch? What did you read? Hear? See? Feel?

Formality – use the terms “player”, “reader”, “user” (avoid “you”and “we”)

Discuss action and events in the work using present tense.

Concrete examples of play. Describe as if people 50 years from now can understand of how it works.

Date- provide the year of work, not “10 years ago”

No casual/conversational language. Also, this is not a review so leave out personal opinions.

Images should be separate from the text – the text doc and all the image files in a single folder labeled lowercase with: name- title-date

Structure –

  1. start with who, what, where, and when (specific year) – the surface of the work
  2. describe the story/game world and the way the player/reader interacts – the sensual and formal qualities of the work.  Do these qualities connect the work with other works of e-lit, games, art or literature?
  3.  use concrete examples! without spoilers.
  4. try to interpret larger meanings or messages in the work, but don’t overdo the interpretation.
  5. conclude with information about discoverability, how it is accessed, mention reception, controversies, awards, etc.


  • Work author: This field is for entering the author/creator’s name. For multiply-authored works, entry writers can add additional authors as separate entries. The Directory will automatically recommend existing authors to make the process more consistent. Be sure you check to see if your author appears already to avoid duplicate entries.
  • Year: This is the year of publication.
  • URL: This field is for the URL. Be sure to find the most direct URL for the work. Often, readers will learn of a work through a link on a blog, website, or journal, or content will be embedded directly in a page. Find the link to the actual work.
  • Archived URL: Some works from the Directory will be submitted by the ELO to the Archive-it Project for archiving. You do not need to fill in this field.
  • Language: This field is to provide information about which human language the piece is written in.
  • Software platform and versions: In this field, you should indicate which software was used to create the work.
  • Entry Source: If the entry (or a variation of it) has been published elsewhere online, please include a reference to the original source. You should also make this clear in the body of the review.
  • Reviewed by ELO: After your entry is completed, we will send your entry to be reviewed by the ELO.
  • The Body of the Review: This is where your brief review of the work will go. Please read the section below for tips, details, and examples.
  • Author of this entry: Your name. Be sure to list all entry authors separately.
  • Screenshots: Select an appropriate moment while reading the work. If you are using a PC, press Ctrl+PrntScrn to capture the view that you see on screen. If you are using a Mac, press Cmd+Shift+3 to select an area to copy to your desktop, or Cmd+Shift+4 to copy the entire screen. Next, use image editing software to paste, crop, and save the image in .jpg format. Then upload your image.
  • Class Note: at the bottom of the entry that reads, in italics, “This entry was composed as a part of <Professor’s name>’s course, <course title>, at <school name> in <month and year>.” We include this information for organizational purposes.
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