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A phone line that reads a story to you in page-sized chunks,
followed by prompts where you can choose alternative paths
of action by pressing numbers on the keypad.
This could be presented either as a premium-rate
entertainment service, or simply as a means to keep callers
interested and occupied
while awaiting their turn in the
Enhancements might include speech recognition ("take
Computerdial / F.I.S.T.
System used for phone-based Fighting Fantasy game in the 80s [prufrax, Dec 02 2010]
||I suppose there is a school of thought which maintains that present phone menu systems work as a version of this already, albeit with crushingly mundane story options and a superfluity of disgruntled stoners operating as grue.
||Baked in the UK in the late 80s. See link.
||"Elementary my dear Watson, you see the murderer is...."
||"MegaNational Insurance Company, can I help you?"
||This idea could usher in a new era of phone sex.