IF Comp ’10 begins! – (surveys)

Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to begin the IF Comp 2010!  I have beta-tested one Comp game this year, and my rule from last year is that I get to be a jerk about the number of Comp games I’ve beta-tested, minus one.

Ergo, I solemnly swear not to be a jerk to anyone — reviewer or author — during my IF Comp reviewage.  Even if they totally deserve it.

(The amount of fan mail I got from going negative last year about-equalled the amount of hate mail.  Although all the hate mail was from one person — a friend of the author.  But the point is I should’ve found a nicer way of making those points.)

Surveys

This year, I invite all judges — not authors, please, but only those who are voting — to register their dis/pleasure at the games they play by filling out that game’s survey.  This is like quality control–

When you like something a game does a lot, the survey gives the authorship community a way to zero in on what that is.  When a game does something you don’t like, the survey enables authors to see and understand specifically what that is.

Text game authors mostly only get such detailed feedback from other authors, because only game authors, mostly, write online reviews of games.  But now we can collect information from both authors and non-authors in ways that allow us to see how games stack up against each other.

The one other thing judges should be doing?

Ok, filling out a survey takes a little bit of work.  But it’s very easy when you start a text game to type the word TRANSCRIPT.  This makes a text file you can then email to the author, perhaps with a little note saying thanks for writing the game.  (If you can’t honestly thank the author, just send the transcript; he’ll get the idea.)

Nobody plays the game exactly like you.  Sending a transcript lets the author see how well he programmed for your style of play.

If you’re looking for the IF Comp website

Click here.  Many thanks to all the contestants — it looks like a fine Comp this year — and may the best author win!

Links to surveys

*NEWS FLASH* A game was left off the list, causing Stephen Granade to circle the IF Comp around to pick it up, like Bishop in ALIEN 2.

The survey to that game is here–

Sons of the Cherry, by Alex Livingston
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6GKMXRK

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

The 12:54 to Asgard, by J. Robinson Wheeler
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9KKNSD

The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, by Ben Pennington
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8CZGM9

The Chronicler, by John Evans
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8W9JGF

Death Off the Cuff, by Simon Christiansen
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8PSGCZ

East Grove Hills, by XYZ
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FL9G7M3

Flight of the Hummingbird, by Michael Martin
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FL2ZX7M

Heated, by Timothy Peers
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLQCFMS

Mite, by Sara Dee
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLXY98K

Ninja’s Fate, by Hannes Schueller
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLFB3F2

The People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game, by Taylor Vaughan
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLPWW2F

Pen and Paint, by Owen Parish
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9752TQ

A quiet evening at home, by anonymous
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FL5SQN7

The Warbler’s Nest, by Jason McIntosh
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FVKM3D6

Rogue of the Multiverse, by C.E.J. Pacian
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FV3P3DB

Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FV6N6LM

The Bible Retold: Following a Star, by Justin Morgan
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7LBKQ7

The Blind House, by Maude Overton
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F79B53X

Divis Mortis, by Lynnea Dally
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F728MZV

Gigantomania, by Michelle Tirto
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7JWFJK

Gris et Jaune, by Steve van Gaal
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7TLJ5Q

One Eye Open, by Colin Sandel and Carolyn VanEseltine
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7MHMS3

Oxygen, by ShadowK
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7NGYDW

Under, In Erebus, by Brian Rapp
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F73C5RJ

R, by therealeasterbunny
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7HF62X

Leadlight, by Wade Clarke
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F76XM8C

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  1. Thanks for putting the surveys together, I’ll try to fill them out while each game is still fresh in my mind.

  2. when they do an expose’ on violence in video games. They’ve been showing Doom for three decades it seems.


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