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IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:24 am
by rotter
As I've seen no mention I thought I would post. The results of the IF Comp 2014 have been announced.

Did anyone here play any?

If you did what did you think?

If you didn't why not?

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:37 am
by Campbell
Wow, a Quest game came third. That's impressive!

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:39 am
by David Whyld
I haven't played any of the games yet but I might have a go now the comp is over - the updates rule introduced a few years back has soured me on playing games during the comp in case they get updated a day later.

I see a Quest game came third which was surprising. The last time I tried Quest it was as horribly broken as ever but clearly someone who knows what they're doing is willing to stick with it longer than I did.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:44 am
by Lazzah
David Whyld wrote:I see a Quest game came third which was surprising. The last time I tried Quest it was as horribly broken as ever but clearly someone who knows what they're doing is willing to stick with it longer than I did.

I recently had a look at a Quest game in development called "Spondre" by Jay Habronne and, although it is a "click 'n' choose" type game which is not my cup of tea, I was astonished at how slick and professional it looked in comparison to other Quest adventures. You should have a look when it is released.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:39 am
by David Whyld
I've always thought Quest had potential, but the interface (from the GUI side of things) seems such a mess to me that I've never had the willpower to do anything much with it. I guess if you're a programmer, you get to avoid the GUI altogether so maybe from the programing side of things Quest isn't so bad.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:51 am
by ralphmerridew
David, did you ever look at Quest 5? Alex redesigned Quest heavily between the two versions.

(Also, Quest 4 wasn't too pleasant to programmers, either. I discovered lots and lots of unpleasantness when I was writing Geas.)

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:22 pm
by David Whyld
I tried several different versions of 4 but not 5. I'm quite happy with Inform for the time being.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:15 am
by Campbell
I suppose it's also worth noting that the Quest game had the fewest number of votes of all the games in the top 10. Which is a little surprising since it should have been possible to run it on most systems. The game placed second had almost double the number of people playing it.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:27 pm
by Lumin
Had a look at the votes and wow, you're right. I wonder how many people saw it was a Quest game and just moved it to the bottom of their list. But if so they really missed out, it's a fun game and everyone who did play it gave it a pretty good score. (Well, everyone except the single individual who gave it a '1' for some reason, I'd be curious to know what the reasoning was there.)

I'm surprised with Quest having such a large community, more of them didn't bother to play and vote on one of their own.

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:32 pm
by Campbell
Or perhaps it _was_ the Quest community that voted. (Sorry, that's a bit cynical. :blush: )

Re: IF Comp 2014 Results Announced

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:03 pm
by Lumin
Normally I might agree with you, but nah, in this particular case the game was actually a lot of fun. You should play it if you haven't.

Of course no idea how it actually stacks up against the other entries, I've only had a chance to look at Tea Ceremony and Icepunk so far.