While I’ve been writing interactive fiction for a few years already (time passes quickly!), I never really played all that was written by the French community since its creation 15 years ago.
I think it’s more than time I change this, so expect to see here soon a series of reviews which I hope will cover all the modern French works.
Here are some points on how I will proceed :
- It’s the first time I’m doing this kind of exercice seriously, so the last reviews will probably be fairer than the first ones. At worst, I’ll edit some reviews if my vision changes drastically.
- The order in which I play the interactive fiction is chosen randomly. However, I’ll likely play short games along a longer one so that the reviews appear at a steady pace.
- I don’t think I’ll give marks (except on the IFDB), because I find that they do not reflect what a game really is; I will instead draw up good and bad points for each game.
- At last, every interactive fiction will be judged by modern standards. Older games which did not take advantage of the improvements in the French translations of the authoring systems will not be judged more favourably. I’ll simply try to be the fairest I can be.
That’s it! The first game that will be subjected to my analysis will be Le Cercle des Gros Geeks disparus, by Adrien Saurat. Come back soon!