I saw a Quest game got third place in the IF Comp so I was like, 'Huh, that's weird' and went over to their site to look at it.
I don't know if it's just the way the games are organized now or what but most of the ones I checked out were actually...pretty decent? Or at least I'm not immediately running face first into a wall of bugs and broken trash like the last time I stopped by. Looks like CYOAs might be edging out the parser games there just like everywhere else but at least most of them seem to have discovered what grammar is, and I've seen a couple with writing that's legitimately good by any standards.
They have lots of game and design discussion on their forum like we used to have too.
I think I might...like Quest now? What's going on, this can't be happening, my world is turning upside down!
But don't worry, I'm not going to be writing a Quest game anytime soon. Might make an account on the forum though...the community is slightly annoying but it is
kind of nice reading through the archives for my IF-discussion fix. We're too dead here most of the time and the intfiction forums are...well, they're the intfiction forums.