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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:57 pm 
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I'm happy to announce the results of the 2015 edition of the Interactive Fiction top 50. This time, it will really be a top 50, since there were precisely 50 games that got 4 votes or more. (In 2011, there were 48 games with 3 votes or more. See the old results here.)

First place -- 19 votes
  • Photopia, Adam Cadre (1998)

Second place -- 17 votes
  • Spider and Web, Andrew Plotkin (1998)

Third place -- 16 votes
  • Counterfeit Monkey, Emily Short (2012)

Fourth place -- 14 votes
  • Anchorhead, Michael Gentry (1998)

Fifth place -- 13 votes
  • Lost Pig, Admiral Jota (2007)

Sixth place -- 11 votes
  • Coloratura, Lynnea Glasser (2013)

Seventh place -- 10 votes
  • Slouching towards Bedlam, Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto (2003)
  • Varicella, Adam Cadre (1999)

Ninth place -- 9 votes
  • The Baron, Victor Gijsbers (2006)
  • Shade, Andrew Plotkin (2000)

Eleventh place -- 8 votes
  • Blue Lacuna, Aaron A. Reed (2008)
  • Hadean Lands, Andrew Plotkin (2014)

Thirteenth place -- 7 votes
  • 80 days, inkle, Meg Jayanth & Jon Ingold (2014)
  • Babel, Ian Finley (1997)
  • Kerkerkruip, Victor Gijsbers et al. (2011 - present)
  • The King of Shreds and Patches, Jimmy Maher (2009)
  • Make it Good, Jon Ingold (2009)
  • Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, Adam Thornton (2011)
  • A Mind Forever Voyaging, Steve Meretzky (1985)
  • Savoir-Faire, Emily Short (2002)
  • their angelical understanding, Porpentine (2013)
  • Violet, Jeremy Freese (2008)

Twenty-third place -- 6 votes
  • Bee, Emily Short (2012)
  • City of Secrets, Emily Short (2003)
  • Endless, Nameless, Adam Cadre (2012)
  • Horse Master, Tom McHenry (2013)
  • Jigsaw, Graham Nelson (1995)
  • Metamorphoses, Emily Short (2000)
  • Shrapnel, Adam Cadre (2000)
  • Wishbringer, Brian Moriarty (1985)
  • Worlds Apart, Suzanne Britton (1999)

Thirty-second place -- 5 votes
  • Fail-safe, Jon Ingold (2000)
  • For a Change, Dan Schmidt (1999)
  • Gun Mute, C. E. J. Pacian (2008)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams & Steve Meretzky (1984)
  • Rameses, Stephen Bond (2000)
  • Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, S. John Ross (2007)
  • Trinity, Brian Moriarty (1986)
  • Ultra Business Tycoon III, Porpentine (2013)
  • With those we love alive, Porpentine & Brenda Neotenomie (2014)

Fourty-first place -- 4 votes
  • Ad Verbum, Nick Montfort (2000)
  • Aisle, Sam Barlow (1999)
  • All things devours, half sick of shadows (2004)
  • Creatures Such as We, Lynnea Glasser (2014)
  • Curses, Graham Nelson (1994)
  • Galatea, Emily Short (2000)
  • Howling Dogs, Porpentine (2012)
  • Rover's Day Out, Jack Welch & Ben Collins-Sussman (2009)
  • Walker & Silhouette, C. E. J. Pacian (2009)
  • Zork I, Marc Blank and Dave Lebling (1980)

I'm planning to post some cool statistics later; but one thing we can easily see is that no fewer than 12 (about one quarter) of the games in the top 50 were written since the last IF Top 50. This proves two things that we of course already knew: (1) IF is alive, (2) I waited too long with organising this edition!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:40 pm 
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That is a seriously cool overview.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:00 pm 
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It is, isn't it? A not-so-cool statistic: I played only half (exactly 25) of these games to completion.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:18 pm 
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Authors with most games in the top 50
Code:
Emily Short	 6
Adam Cadre	 4
Porpentine	 4
Andrew Plotkin 	 3
Jon Ingold       3
Lynnea Glasser	 2
Victor Gijsbers	 2
Graham Nelson	 2
Brian Moriarty	 2
C. E. J. Pacian	 2
Steve Meretzky	 2


Authors whose top-50-games got most votes

(Note: I didn't count the votes for games that did not make the top 50. That would involve associating authors with over 200 games, which would take me too much time.)

Code:
Emily Short	45
Adam Cadre	41
Andrew Plotkin	34
Porpentine	21
Jon Ingold	19
Victor Gijsbers	16
Lynnea Glasser	15
Michael Gentry	14
Admiral Jota	13
Steve Meretzky	12


So we can unambiguously conclude that Emily Short is the most popular interactive fiction author! :-)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:23 pm 
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I claim 3, or at least 2.333, for 80 Days. ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:25 pm 
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Top 50 sorted by year of release

(The formatting is a bit ugly, sorry for that.)
Code:
Zork I	1980
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy	1984
A Mind Forever Voyaging	1985
Wishbringer	1985
Trinity	1986
Curses	1993
Jigsaw	1995
Babel	1997
Photopia	1998
Spider and Web	1998
Anchorhead	1998
Varicella	1999
Worlds apart	1999
For a Change	1999
Aisle	1999
Shade	2000
Metamorphoses	2000
Shrapnel	2000
Fail-Safe	2000
Rameses	2000
Ad Verbum	2000
Galatea	2000
Savoir-Faire	2002
Slouching towards Bedlam	2003
City of Secrets	2003
All things devours	2004
The Baron	2006
Lost Pig	2007
Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom	2007
Blue Lacuna	2008
Violet	2008
Gun Mute	2008
The King of Shreds and Patches	2009
Make it Good	2009
Rover's Day Out	2009
Walker & Silhouette	2009
Kerkerkruip	2011
Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis	2011
Counterfeit Monkey	2012
Bee	2012
Endless, Nameless	2012
Howling Dogs	2012
Coloratura	2013
their angelical understanding	2013
Horse Master	2013
Ultra Business Tycoon III	2013
Hadean Lands	2014
80 Days	2014
With those we love alive	2014
Creatures Such as We	2014

One result of this poll is that we now know that nostalgy no longer plays an important role in the IF community. There are only five games from the commercial era in the top 50. A full 35 games (70%) were published in 2000 or later.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:26 pm 
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joningold wrote:
I claim 3, or at least 2.333, for 80 Days. ;)

You'll get it! But go and edit the IFDB page of 80 days and add you name, or it isn't real. (You are now officially a more popular IF author than I am. ;-) )


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:42 pm 
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Very nice! I'm looking forward to working my way through unplayed titles. Thanks for organizing the list (again) Victor!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:52 pm 
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Uh, I now feel a bit sheepish about having tweeted the result list. It was before the additional comments showed up, I swear!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:44 pm 
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Is the lack of older games more of a lack of nostalgia or a lack of having played them in the first place? The commercial games in particular are hard to get access to these days.

Even not including that, I'm guessing the years 1987-1994 or so are pretty nebulous for most modern IF people.


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