Corman was a master of campy cinema, which is now a lost art. Sure we have low budget movies today, but they always look and feel like low budget movies. Corman made the most unabashedly ridiculous films look like Cecil B DeMille epics. Many of Corman’s films were frivolous, but he wasn’t chagrined at all about admitting this, and furthermore he had a way of ensuring the films neither looked nor felt frivolous.
Milland had such a strange career. On the one hand he won an Academy Award (The Lost Weekend), on the other he was in one of the silliest movies ever:
One of his final roles was depicting the sleazy “Sire Yuri” on the original Battlestar Galactica series.
If you build it, they will come.
I was screwing around, and noticed that if you search Google for
interactive fiction competition 2016
the search returns this page as a result several places ahead of competing forums. If you put the 2016 first instead of last, we’re on the first page of results.
Hooray for intfic.com!
I don’t mean to pick on anybody so I won’t mention a title, but 42 games into the competition, after reading thousands of words of text, I’ve just seen the most atrocious sentence of any entry thus far:
You give the lollipop to Paddy, that takes it and slowly starts to lick it.
Dude, come on. This is really bad. Sure the IF Comp is a game competition, but it’s also a writing competition. The above isn’t even charming, like that historically horrible line from Cardew House in the 2013 IF Comp.
You open the door with a loud creaking noise.
On top of everything else, the first mangled text hits one of my pet peeves:
That is for inanimate objects
Who is for living things
e.g. “You give the lollipop to Paddy, who takes it…”
Even professional writers routinely make this fundamental mistake over and over again, and I get perturbed every single time I hear such or read such.
Anyone else get triggered by something obscure like this in the entries this year?
I’ve found something that inspires me to temporarily suspend my self-imposed “don’t mention specific titles” clause.
Though this issue of “updating during the competition” became (remained?) unexpectedly controversial this year, I think the whole matter is fairly trivial and didn’t plan to directly address it again. Furthermore, according to a bit of random reading I did earlier it seems as though the author of an otherwise ludicrous entry called “Toiletworld” may be planning some mischief which will demand decisive action on the matter from organizers.
However, I just finished examining an entry called “You Are Standing In a Cave” which exemplifies the potential pitfalls of the current “entries may be updated after the competition begins” rule. “You Are Standing In a Cave” is frankly a mess. The framework for a short and at least somewhat interesting “escape the rooms” genre game is present. Yet after a quick tour of the game’s eponymous cave, bugs galore are exposed and due to these bugs the game is frankly unresolvable as far as I could determine.
So we have here an entry that was submitted in a nontrivially unplayable condition. I can see that with a few days work, however, the entry could as I noted probably be at least somewhat interesting and fun. If the author were now to repair (frankly, “finish” would be a better term) the entry and judges were to assign a score based on the revised entry rather than the original submission, this would be a gross insult in my opinion to the many other authors who submitted fully working, finished entries on time at the competition’s starting date.
The annual Interactive Fiction competition is a prestigious contest. In addition to bragging rights, tangible prizes are at stake for contestants. Plainly, “You Are Standing in a Cave” was not finished by the entry deadline, and should not have been submitted in the first place. What if this entry were to now be revised, and, for the sake of argument, win a prize?
Is this a contest, or not? Should contestants be encouraged to take the whole matter seriously, or not? If the latter, will the IF Comp remain a relatively prestigious and popular affair for much longer?