Interactive Fiction (or “IF” as those hep cats in the know call it) is very near and dear to my heart. Having grown up on Infocom games, I find that there’s nothing quite like the imaginative energy that comes from playing a good text adventure. So, when I heard that the annual Interactive Fiction Competition was underway, I had to rush right over and check it out.
Currently in its fourteenth year, the Interactive Fiction Competition attracts text fans from all over the world. Prizes are awarded to games categorized by the programming The only criteria for entry is that it is possible to complete the game in under two hours. Judging is open to anyone and all one has to do to participate is play the games and rate them on a 1-10 scale.
This year, there are 35 entries in the competition. Titles include The Absolute Worst IF Game in History, Piracy 2.0, Everybody Dies and Lair of the CyberCow.
If you have even a passing interest in Interactive Fiction, I’d urge you to go and check out a few of the games in the contest. Every year the games run the gamut from serious to silly and there’s usually something for everyone’s tastes. And, at worst, you’ve only wasted two hours of your life. That’s a lot less than it takes to get through a lot of terrible games.