What? IF Comp again already? Man I did not have the slightest awareness of it. I am entirely unready for this. This is going to seriously cut into my Minecraft time, which has already seriously cut into my cross-stitch time. :( I guess, on the bright side, it might inspire me to start working on my own IF game again. Because what I totally need is another goddamn project.

I will make an effort to play and review most of the games this year, though. At least the zcode ones, since in my experience, the non-zcode games have a much higher chance of being garbage. I don’t know if this is because Inform 6 and 7 are easier to use, or because they’re popular enough that there are more resources available to help people using them, or because, by complete coincidence, everyone who uses ADRIFT is batshit insane. Probably it’s all three.

Oh hey — looks like there’s only three games this year that aren’t either zcode or glulx. It appears I’m not the only one with this opinion. So there’s that.

Let’s see, what play-ordering scheme shall I use this year? First, delete the three oddballs. (Sorry, guys. I am probably not going to get through all these games as it is, so the non-Inform ones are the first to get the axe. If by some miracle I finish every game, I’ll come back to you.) Then I dump the rest in a directory and sort them by… size? Smallest to largest? I think that’s what I did last year, but it does make a certain kind of sense. Playing the smallest games first means a) I get through more games, and b) I’m more likely to see some hilarious wrongness.

Anyway, standard disclaimer: just because you made a terrible game it doesn’t make you a terrible person, I would probably quite like you if I met you socially, and even if I straight-up write “Herman Example, the author of this game, is a crazy brainless shit and I have this to say to him: fuck you, Mr. Example.”, you shouldn’t take it personally. It’s just that, if a game makes me angry, I will not feel the need to be polite to it; if it hurts me, I will want to hurt it back. Also, I’m kind of an asshole sometimes.

Just remember: I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing on you.

So, after I find some food, I’ll see about playing a few of these things.

(image: Minecraft chickens having sex under my basement stairs.)

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