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What genre do games like 'Dear Esther', 'To the Moon', or 'Gone Home' fall under?

Is there a name for games like these, with minimal interaction and no branches in the story? I've seen the term "interactive fiction" around but I'm not sure if it fits.
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Who were the people in Dear Esther and how were they linked?

POSSIBLY SPOILER ALERT Throughout the monologue of Dear Esther, several names are mentioned. On the surface, there is the story of the car crash, but looking into it a bit, there seems to be more ...
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I literally got STUCK in Dear Esther - how do I get “unstuck”?

Just 30 minutes into the game I try to walk onto a rooftop for some reason... I promptly got stuck and literally can't move an inch. It's as if my walk buttons are disabled. Is there any way to get ...
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Where can I find “ghosts”?

I first noticed this when I was playing through "The Beacon," the last area. I looked up on the cliffside while walking along the beach, and was surprised to see what looked like a person looking ...
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What changes in different playthroughs?

I wasn't really planning on playing the game through a second time. However, when I loaded up the scene to check out the quotes ingame for this answer, I noticed that I was getting different narration ...
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Does Dear Esther end?

I don't mean philosophically or anything like that. I mean literally. I have reached the end of the game, the game faded to black and is now... sitting there. Do I have to manually return to the ...
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Sentences in Dear Esther

There were sentences written in Dear Esther in several locations. Some of them were near-illegible. What was written on the side of the boat on the beach? What were the sentences on the rock near the ...