TWIFcomp is coming out now!April 26, 2010
I’m a bit torn on TWIFcomp, to be honest. On the one hand, the theme (write a complete IF in no more than 140 characters, not counting whitespace) is cute, turnout is impressive (and titillatingly international), and the games themselves, from what I’ve seen so far, are pretty clever.
On the other hand, 140 characters not counting whitespace seems to be the exact right size for a read-the-author’s-mind puzzle of the old-school variety, you know, the kind that’s really satisfying to finally solve after staring at it for three months straight. I am much too old and crotchety to deal with those anymore. I wear far too many sweaters, knit way too many cozies, and way too much of my attention span has been destroyed by tabbed browsing. Have been doing all right with Matt Weiner’s Sin series, though, and Dan Fabulich’s ChoiceScript games are a different animal altogether. (“It’s an entirely different kind of flying.”)
Also, The Duel in the Snow: Abridged Version makes me giggle. So, yeah, you should check it out.
Update: Riff and I were joking at dinner about someone using Whitespace to program their entry, since whitespace doesn’t count towards your character limit. Turns out somebody did. I have yet to play it, ’cause, dude, Linux. Dude. Linux. Linux, dude.
I mean, I’d have to like download a thing. Just thinking about it makes me sleepy.