So imagine my surprise today when I came across a piece of software called Inform which is an IDE for designing Interactive Fiction (that is the proper name for it). Apparently, following the collapse of the commercial market for the game format around the 1990s a group of enthusiasts have been hard at work generating content and improving authoring software to keep it going. Inform is really impressive and its worth watching the introductory screencast below to get a sense of how easy it could be to create new content.
Inform 7 Introductory Screencast from Aaron Reed on Vimeo.
If you're interested in taking a trip down memory lane you should also have a look at the interactive fiction database online to search for some title you can either play online or download an interpreter to play on your desktop.