intfiction.org

The Interactive Fiction Community Forum
It is currently Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:00 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 53 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:57 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 am
Posts: 1211
Location: The Netherlands
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!


Last edited by VictorGijsbers on Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:40 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:56 pm
Posts: 1668
That is a seriously cool overview.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 am
Posts: 1211
Location: The Netherlands
It is, isn't it? A not-so-cool statistic: I played only half (exactly 25) of these games to completion.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 am
Posts: 1211
Location: The Netherlands
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! :-)


Last edited by VictorGijsbers on Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:46 am
Posts: 163
I claim 3, or at least 2.333, for 80 Days. ;)

_________________
inkle: interactive stories
http://www.inklestudios.com


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:25 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 am
Posts: 1211
Location: The Netherlands
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.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 am
Posts: 1211
Location: The Netherlands
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. ;-) )


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:59 pm
Posts: 116
Very nice! I'm looking forward to working my way through unplayed titles. Thanks for organizing the list (again) Victor!


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:52 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:04 am
Posts: 1094
Uh, I now feel a bit sheepish about having tweeted the result list. It was before the additional comments showed up, I swear!


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:01 am
Posts: 168
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.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 53 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group