Many of us still remember those ‘choose your own adventure’ books that were popular in the 80′s and 90′s. Software developer Jerry Belich has created an interactive arcade machine that works on a somewhat similar concept.
The Choosatron is an interactive fiction machine that lets users select the story and it prints out a transcript of the chosen story paths.
The machine is basically a cardboard box with a small thermal printer, a coin acceptor, a keypad, an SD memory card and an Arduino microcontroller. Users insert a quarter, choose their story, and select options using the keypad. Choosatron prints out the story as it progresses. At the end of the story the user is left with a complete copy of his or her adventure.
The Choosatron uses the open-source software Twine to create the narratives or story options.
Belich is working on a third and more portable prototype of the Choosatron, which he is looking to use in an Interactive Fiction & Game Design with the Choosatron class he is teaching at the Loft Literary Center in August. He is also preparing to launch the Choosatron on Kickstarter.
Watch more about the Choosatron in the video below.