DescriptionWhat might be the world's largest visual work in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure idiom is now available in digital form, presenting players of this interactive comic book with choices like the ice cream vendor's "Chocolate or vanilla?" The plot rapidly thickens, however, when the juvenile protagonist finds his way into a scientist's lab, and the choices mature to ones like which invention to try: the time-travel machine, the memory-transfer device, or the "Killitron 3000", which eradicates all human life except for the operator. Ultimately judicious use of all of these apparatuses will be required to save the protagonist, but first he will have to render his own world unrecognizable, and then deviously attempt to reverse the effects of his actions.
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DevelopmentMeanwhile began in the form of small-press self-published black-and-white comic 'zines in 1999, but developed and was expanded and optimised over the intervening decade. To facilitate with its layout, computers were pressed into service and ultimately found an optimal layout to be an NP-complete problem. The final panel arrangement was achieved through use of "a V-opt heuristic algorithm that ran for 12 hours on an SGI machine."
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- Meanwhile prototype (An early black-and-white web conversion of the comic.)
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