Monday, November 16, 2009

[IF Competition] Final Results

Well, here they are, the results of the 15th annual interactive fiction competition. Congratulations to anyone who considers himself or herself a winner!

No really big surprises here, I think, but a couple of things stand out:
  • Rover's Day Out has won, which does not surprise me, but its score is 0.6 points higher than that of the number two, which does. Apparently a lot of people were willing to forgive the game its weak points entirely.
  • GATOR-ON has placed far lower than I had expected. Surely the difference between GATOR-ON and, say, Interface should not be 2.7 points? I don't really know what has happened here.
  • ADRIFT didn't do too well: I would say that both The Ascot and Yon Astounding Castle! deserve to be a bit higher than they are; but both games have probably themselves, not their language, to blame. The Ascot hid its cleverness too well, while YAC! annoyed a lot of people with its language so that they never got to the pretty good game below.
  • What surprises me every year is how low the scores are. Why did only 8 of these games get a mark above the 6? Why is everyone giving such low scores? Turns out there is only one game I scored below average, and that one not much.