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11/12/2013 10:12 GMT | Updated 11/12/2013 10:13 GMT

Imgur 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Resurrects A Dead Genre, With GIFs

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Remember 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books?

That amazing series of children's interactive novels were way ahead of their time, allowing you to rifle through the pages of a book to make your own way through the story.

Launched in 1976, they had a good run (to the tune of 250 million sales) before falling out of fashion - perhaps thanks to the internet, video games and our decreasing attention spans.

But now they're back - in a sense. And we don't mean the sadly unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign by the original creators.

Instead, the concept has returned on the image sharing website Imgur, as nothing more than a series of linked images telling a sordid and violent tale about a man trying to get home from the pub.

The images link to each other and gradually lead to an inevitably grim conclusion - though one which, yes, you choose yourself.

"You are facing south and want to get home safely," it says. Then it's up to you: turn to face north, or just walk forward

Take a look over at Imgur…