When one thinks of literature one rarely correlates it with games. In the case of electronic literature however, many elements overlap. One example of this is the piece of electronic literature Rice, which incorporates aspects of both games and literature.
Both electronic literature and games are based off of the same concept, entertainment. Games are created and played to have fun and challenge yourself and others either physically, mentally, or both. Electronic literature is a different type of entertainment. It is a form of art, which can be used to teach a lesson, get a point across, or educate the reader.
The stark difference between the two is the fact that a game must be interactive and have a reason to play, or goal. While some pieces of electronic literature include forms of interaction such as hyperlinks or textual input, there also exist others which are based off of flash or other video software and have no inputs. Also, most pieces of electronic literature do not have a set reason to evaluate them or have a final point or meaning.
Rice is commonly considered to be a piece of electronic literature. It is comprised of many pictures and different forms of poetry. Once combined these different aspects of the piece take the form of a complex story and its use of hypertext and animations solidify it as a piece of electronic literature.
However, Rice can also be thought of as a game. Rice begins with a screen full of pictures. In order to reach our objective, of discovering the meaning of this piece, we must click through the different pictures. These pictures act as hyperlinks and allow us to reach different sections of the game to better understand the pieces meaning. Because it falls on the user to go through the piece to learn knowledge stored in the piece it can be considered a game.
Rice is not simply a piece of electronic literature. It can also be construed as a game. Many other pieces of electronic literature are similar to Rice, taking the form of multiple types of media, that of a game and literature.