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Or, "What Football Will Look Like in the Future." A sci-fi work about three sentient space probes watching humans play extended football games, originally written for SB Nation.
Robots, football and 2.3 million pageviews
Two things that make “17776” so immersive and engaging are its infinite scroll and dynamic loading aspects. Each installment of the storyline is contained on one web page, with new graphics, videos and GIFs loading in real-time as you scroll, à la “Snow Fall” by The New York Times.
“They’re not being shoved down the well, they’re crawling down it,” Bois said. “By scrolling they’re doing work by having to access it...I hope with that ownership that people are convinced to keep on going.”
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A dazzling piece of experimental fiction is serialized on a sports site
It’s 15,759 years in the future, and nobody dies—or is born—anymore. Instead the human race has reached a weird utopian equilibrium in which one way to self-entertain is epically long, large football games.
The interactive story, which you read by scrolling through dense images and colored dialog with occasional YouTube interludes, debuted on July 5...What’s apparent so far is that the protagonist is Nine, a space probe that has just become conscious while floating in space.
So far the story is funny and really works. The interactive elements are minimal, and the sidebars don’t take the reader too far away from the story... pulling even this non-sports fan along.
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I read this a few years ago - it was the first piece of multimedia fiction that I had ever read, and it inspired me to go in search of internet-based fiction, which ultimately led me to IFDB.
17776 makes use of different formats - text, video, gif, even a calendar - to tell a rather bizarre but genuinely fascinating and original story. Reading through the first chapter in particular made me feel strangely unnerved and wonder what was going to happen. I don't want to give too much away, but it's set in the distant future when human life is extraordinarily different, and is told from an unusual perspective.
Although it's relatively low on the interactive elements, the multimedia aspect of it will appeal to people interested in new storytelling formats.
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