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February 1, 2011

2010 XYZZY Award Finalists Announced

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The first round of the XYZZY Awards are open, and the finalists have been released! Whether you voted in the first round or not, you can still vote for the winners until Feb 23rd, so visit the site and check it out.

January 12, 2011

2010 XYZZY Awards now open!

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It’s that time of year again. Only earlier than usual, so it’s just before that time of year again. Anyway, it’s time for the 2010 XYZZY Awards! First-round voting is now open, so go to the awards site and check it out.

Beyond the earlier starting date, there are also new awards for technological achievement, feelies, and rejiggering of the best use of medium award. For more details, see the FAQ.

November 7, 2010

IF Competition 2010, general thoughts

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Ok, done with all the games! Now let’s talk trends (this has spoilers, obviously):
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IF Competition 2010, reviews part 5

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Last reviews! Specifically: The 12:54 to Asgard, Gris et Jaune, One Eye Open, and The Warbler’s Nest.

Up next: some thoughts about the comp as a whole.

November 2, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 4

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Penultimate reviews! This year I decided to play the games by people I didn’t know first (usually), so this and next week’s are going to mostly be by more experienced authors. I’ll probably do some kind of comp summary post at the end, too — this has been a pretty interesting year for a couple reasons. But hey, have some reviews: The Chronicler, Aotearoa, Flight of the Hummingbird, Mite, and Under, In Erebus.

October 24, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 3

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I am back from lovely and damp Port Angeles and fully prepared to rock some more comp games. Specifically, my rocking action has been directed at the following entries: The Blind House, Death Off the Cuff, Divis Mortis, Gigantomania, Heated, and A quiet evening at home. More, equally-rocking updates to follow!

October 10, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 2

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Chugging along busily here with more reviews. Slightly fewer reviews here, but they get into more game design issues and are somewhat longer (in particular, the Oxygen review talks about moral decisions in games). The new reviews: The Bible Retold: Following a Star, The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, Ninja’s Fate, Oxygen, and The People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game.

October 7, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 1

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Hey, it’s that time of year again! I’m not sure how chunkily I am going to do reviews this year but for right now I have a half-dozen: East Grove Hills, Leadlight, Pen and Paint, R, Rogue of the Multiverse, and Sons of the Cherry. No doubt more will be coming soon.

February 19, 2010

The XYZZY Awards are here!

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Continuing the fine tradition of being a little late, but this year we have some cool stuff to show for it. The XYZZY Awards have a snazzy new site and all the voting goodness that goes along with it. Voting for the first round is open til March 4th, so go check it out!

November 15, 2009

IF Competition 2009 Reviews

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It’s time for IF Competition Reviews, doo-te-doo-te-doo. Normally I would be more on the ball and get them out in chunks during the comp period, but this year I was lucky to get anything done at all. Still, here they are, in all their glory. Share and enjoy. (And if you want more reviews to read, there are plenty on the wiki)

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