Quest for Arete

Are You Worthy?

Do you possess Courage, Wisdom, Justice, Magnanimity, Temperance, Passion, Magnificence, Wit, Good Will, and Honesty? You will need all of these to challenge the Caretaker and transport Arete from the White Halls.

In this game you must navigate a series of quests to unlock these ten virtues and become worthy of Arete. Test yourself; become worthy.

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Excellence in all Things

Quest for Arete is a video game produced on the Inform 7 platform that explores the use of Interactive Fiction to tell one story, over 10 episodes, in one interface in order to foster understanding of ethical living. As a game in the category of Games for Change, Quest for Arete challenges users to think about personal attributes like honesty, magnanimity, and temperance to promote personal growth in a series of quests that are specifically designed to allow users to engage with each virtue in a meaningful way.

The game was produced by students in the Fall 2020 Video Game Theories and History class offered by the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver. Quest for Arete was enhanced during the AdvXJam by a subset of these students and won the Crimson Award (1st place) at Washington State University’s 2021 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) in the Humanities Category.



CMDC Studios is a team of multi-talented game developers who are passionate about creating narrative-rich games through immersive gameplay and thoughtful design. With an ever-growing game library of heartfelt, adventurous, and sometimes mysterious titles, CMDC Studios invites players to explore a wide range of digital experiences.

Development Team

Quest for Arete Version 3.0

Game Director

Jazz Jackson


Katya Farinsky
Drew Swanson
Andrew Thompson


Andrew Thompson – Lead Developer
Betsy Hanrahan
Ruth Woodcock


Katya Farinsky – Lead Writer
Elyse Mollahan
Keegan Walden

Logo Design

Drew Swanson
David Sabrowski
Craig Vesterby

Web Developers

David Sabrowski – Legacy Site
Viet Anh Nguyen – Legacy Site Concept
Andrew Thompson – Promo Site


Preston Reed – Director, Videographer
Brandan Touhey – 3D Modeler, Animator


Drew Swanson – Lead Artist
Elyse Mollahan

The Quest for Arete Team wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Judith Pintar and Dr. Dene Grigar for their feedback and support of this project, to Greg Philbrook and Holly Slocum for providing technical support, and to WSU Vancouver’s Spring 2021 DTC 354: Digital Storytelling class and Kathleen Zoller for playtesting.