Today, I discovered that there was such a poll, and here are the ridiculous results.
I’m shaking my head now, seriously wondering about the future of IF.
First of all, this is just another example of the well-publicized and global reach of IF — and by that I mean its utter lack of either. Second, the results themselves speak of the power of the Old Ones and the commitment of their associated groupies (a certain author has four games in the top fifty of all time). Goodbye quality writing; goodbye pacing; goodbye plot; and let’s altogether forget about any inkling of morality. Third of all, the results speak to all of self-important and utterly unaware nature of a dying community, which is both sad and predictable. Yes, I can completely see some of these as being the best IF of all time, can’t you?
The humorous undertone to this is the full title of the poll: The Best IF of All Time (2011 edition). Whatever the results are this year, they will change in the next. That lies in the nature of all polls instead of evaluations that rely upon objective criteria (say, how often a game was downloaded from the ifarchive for example).