Monday night I sat down at my computer one last time before bed to check in on things, and noticed a tweet from Wil Wheaton. He stated that he was starting up a twitch stream and doing a Choose Your Own Adventure book live. I clicked into the stream as it was starting and got to be a part of the audience as he read through the story, giving us chances to vote on the choices from the book. It was a great time and absolutely hilarious when most of us chose the wrong choice and ended the story earlier than we expected. We backtracked a step and got to a much more satisfying ending.
It reminded me about how much fun these books were as a kids. I would go to the library and check out 2-3 of them at a time to read and enjoy. I loved picking the various options and seeing how bad an ending I could get sometimes. It was a great memory as a kid, and these books really unlocked my imagination as I put myself into the story and made it my own.
Monday night was a lot of fun, walking down memory lane and re-living some of the ways that we found to interact with a story before video games really made that possible.