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Interactive Fiction Competition 2006 Voting Begins 21

An anonymous reader writes "Voting for the 12th annual Interactive Fiction Competition (IF Comp) has begun! Standout entries this year include a new game from acclaimed writer (and previous IF Comp winner) Emily Short, an interactive moebius strip, the requisite bible game(s) and a game about making games. A full list is available on the IF Comp website, and eToychest kicks off their IF Comp coverage with an interview with Stephen Granade, the competition organizer."
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Interactive Fiction Competition 2006 Voting Begins

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Read fiction and Voting and thought this would be another artcle about Diebold machines.
  • November 7th! Oh well, another election down the toilet.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    >Turn T-block clockwise.
    The T-block falls one space. Below is a red square, two blue squares, another red square, and a green square. You are directly above the red square on the right hand side.
    You have completed a row! +1 points.
    There is a blue square falling here.
  • LOOK (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @07:08PM (#16313675)
    > LOOK

    Nothing to see here. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

    > WAIT
    Time passes...

    > RELOAD
    There is a Diebold thread here. You do not have a sword with which to attack the trolls.

    The site serving the software is in the process of being Slashdotted.

    > FUCK!
    Such language in a high-class establishment like this! (What do you think this is, Leather Goddesses of Phobos?)

    > QUIT
    Your score would be 0 (Total of 400 points), in 6 moves.
    This score gives you the rank of CmdrTaco.
    ***END OF SESSION***

    • Re:LOOK (Score:4, Funny)

      by bcat24 ( 914105 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @07:25PM (#16313917) Homepage Journal
      > enter slashdot
      You enter Slashdot.

      There is an article about interactive fiction here.

      > read article
      An anonymous coward writes to tell about voting for the 12th annual IF Comp beginning.

      > write comment
      What kind of comment would you like to write?

      > a parody of IF
      There is already a comment paroding IF here.

      > damn it
      What a loony!

      > write really crappy comment

      The moderatators have come!
      They mod you down!
      They mod you down again!
      They mod you down again!

      *** You have died ***

      Your score is -1 (total of 500 points), in 6 moves.
      This gives you the rank of Average Slashdotter.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    In today's ADHD plagued world, most causal web surfers are weary of anything that might take even five minutes of their time. If a piece of IF requires some kind of weird player to run, 99% of all newcomers to it won't ever run it. With the IF subgenre being probably the best suited to implement with hyperlinks, you might guess that this is what they do, or at least that they have a player written in flash or javascript or processing or whatever. Well, you'd be wrong. They actually require you to download s
    • [] If you will note several of these provide a java version. Also Zarf is one of the better IF writers IMHO, so this is a good starting point for a lot of people that can't be arsed to download one of the other players.
    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      What's wrong with the people who watch Nascar or pro football? I've tried both and found them stupefyingly boring. I did enjoy Doom, in God mode so I could mostly ignore the monsters and explore the environment with no pressure.

      I don't in general find IF to be boring. It's more frustrating: I've been doing the computer thing since the late 70's, and I've never enjoyed trying to guess what to do, or try dozens of possibilities until something works. I don't play much IF for the same reason I don't crack webs
    • Well, a lot of the IF community got into these games back when an 80-column display on a home computer was high tech. The medium has been proclaimed dead as a commercial form, and lives solely due to the efforts of hobbyists, who are (for the most part) writing esoteric, artsy games.

      The process of playing the games requires hard thought, and most modern IF is by and for people who've played all the classics of the field. Comparing a modern IF game of the type found in these yearly competitions to most moder
      • They aren' THAT esoteric! I remember playing a Cthulu mythos based game just recently called Anchorhead. It was absolutely brilliant until about the halfway mark, where there was a conversation that had to be done with a half-insane street bum, and you had to ask just the right questions to get the important answers to advance.

        Now, of course, Google is your friend, but the problem is that once you have cracked on this type of game and gone to the walkthrough, it's extremely difficult to stop reading the w
    • Actually, you'd be wrong. There are a number of terps available on the web. But seeing as how this is a competition which involves playing quite a few games thoroughly and judging them, maybe they don't want every brain-dead cretin like yourself voting on them.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Abcd1234 ( 188840 )
      With the IF subgenre being probably the best suited to implement with hyperlinks

      WTF are you talking about? IF != choose your own adventure books. They typically have complex user interactions involving manipulation of in-game objects using what is, in many cases, a remarkably complex grammar. To suggest this can be done with simple hyperlinks betrays a deep misunderstanding of the nature of IF.
  • from the Escapist:


    This is the weathered front porch of the house. A closed screen door leads westward into the house. You can leave the porch to the east.

    Mr. Martin is standing in the doorway.

    There is a particularly yummy bone here.

    > BARK
    "What! Timmy's fallen down and broken his leg! Where?"

    > BARK
    "In the old Johnson barn! Let's go!"

    - a joke contest example from the Winter 1986 Infocom newsletter, "The New Zork Times"

  • Choose Your Own Adventure is making a comeback? This time I am TOTALLY going to remember to follow the crewman down the hall of the spaceship because that room is going to blow up in a minutes if I stick around.
  • I still haven't forgiven them for making the book on Inform obsolete about a month after I got it in the mail. Progress is too fast even in I/F!
  • by Futaba-chan ( 541818 ) on Thursday October 05, 2006 @01:27PM (#16324245)
    Standout entries this year include a new game from acclaimed writer (and previous IF Comp winner) Emily Short, an interactive moebius strip, the requisite bible game(s) and a game about making games.
    Um, it's considered bad form to single out specific games for discussion before the end of the voting period. Especially on a widely read site like Slashdot. Please don't do this next year.

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