If then stories are stories where you can take different paths. You read them like a normal book up until you have a choice where it will say if you want to do this flip`to page so and so or flip to a different page if you choose the other option. These can be in books, online games or even videos. Some videos on Youtube will say click here or here to do this or that. Once you pick enough options the game will be over but you can jump back to your last step. I put up a picture of a book I read when I was little. It is a goosebumps if/then story about being trapped in a evil carnival. It was the first time I ever heard of this choose your path idea. I loved it and I would go threw all the options. I think this is a great user based idea to tell a story because I’ll often be watching something and think wow that character is so stupid he should have done this or that. This is a unique way to give the reader or viewers more options. I think it also makes people more interested in the topic because its like they are writing it. Over all I love the if/then story idea because its unique and gets the views involved.
After learning about interactive story’s that the user chooses I remembered a good example form one of my favourite TV shows. The show is walking dead. Its a post-apocalyptic TV show about a group of diverse individuals struggling to survive but kicking ass. The show has become so popular and widely known that they now have a second show that comes on after called Talking Dead. Talking Dead is a talk show where they interview the actors and ask them questions that the viewers sent in or ask right to them or call in. This is a user based story because we get to ask the questions. This season has become even more user based with this new feature I love called play dead. It is where during the show you can go on your phone to http://www.amctv.com/shows/talking-dead/playdead and they will have a few live polls like “Who would you like to see brought back to life: Dale or Lori” and then you have 10 seconds to vote and the results will show live on the TV screen. They also have a quiz about the episode you just watched and you play it live and have a few seconds to answer each question on your phone and the quickest and highest scores will show up on the show along with your username. This is very user based and fun because we control what they talk about. We also all get a voice in this show and all our opinions counts. This is why I think Talking Dead is a great user based show that also tells a digital story.