October 2009


This is a review of ‘zork, buried chaos’ by Mr. Blood Bath, a z-code game entered in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition.

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This is a review of ‘Star Hunter’ by Chris K., a z-code game entered in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition.

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Only three games reviewed!  That is unacceptable.  I am up to 15 played, I think.

This is a review of ‘Grounded in Space’ by Matt Wigdahl, a glulx game entered in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition.

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Updated the Google Doc so it has a partial list of the games from this year (noted under the 2009 tab at the bottom).  Only the ones I’ve played through so far, actually.  Each entry is a link, even if it isn’t blue and underlined.  Just select the cell, and click the icon that appears next to it.  Italicized entries take you to spoiler-ridden pages that also talk about other games than the one you’re after.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AgHncBxQ5mj4dGdEZTMzTkZ1a0tDQlp4a21nWDlTRFE&hl=en

Incidentally, I am playing the games that do not mention any beta-testing, if only because:

1) A lack of beta-testing – or more particularly, a lack of any mention of beta-testing – is not a guarantee of poor quality (even if current evidence is batting pretty well).  I want these people to earn their 1’s.  Someone needs to say that yes, you should have beta-tested this.

2) I want to say something for an author who’s submitted an entry.  I thought this last year, the Comp is a chance for a lot of people to just finish something and get it out there, even if it’s bad.  That’s at least a few words, and even if they’re harsh, a writer has to have thick skin.

This is a review of Snowquest, by Eric Eve, a z-code game in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition. Spoilers after the break.

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This is a review of Gleaming the Verb, by Kevin Jackson-Mead, a z-code game in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition.  Spoilers after the break.

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This is a review of GATOR-ON, Friend to Wetlands! by Dave Horlick, a z-code game in the 2009 Interactive Fiction Competition.  Spoilers after the break.

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