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Influential Games - an IFDB Poll

by Rose
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As a historical exercise, I've begun compiling a list of IF games that have either done something ground breaking with the medium or otherwise influenced it; and I've turned it into a poll so everyone can have input on the expansion.

This list began as a recommended list combined with poll, but I have decided to keep everything on this page for convenience's sake.

Thanks for your help!

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Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
27 votes
"Set the standard for modern IF." [+]... "IF Ancestor should not be missed" [+]... "Epic and Funny Universe." [+]... "One of the earliest, and still great." [+]... "The one and only." [+]... "The best IF game ever!!" [+]... "it's zork" [+]... "In the beginning, there was ZORK." [+]... "It's the first!" [+]... "first game ever played on a personal computer (1982)" [+]... "IF as we know it does not exist without the original Zork!" [+]... "To my knowledge,..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "The game that..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Its a tough call..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Does this even..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
23 votes
"It all starts here" [+]... "No IF without this one." [+]... "The Granddaddy Of Them All" [+]... "What Zork copied from." [+]... "The one that..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "So much that we..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "The very first..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "The very first...." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
16 votes
"Vivid and charming." [+]... "A new spin" [+]... "Others sum up..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Photopia drove..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Very interesting..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
12 votes
"frackin' hilarious. and tough." [+]... "Mostly harmless!" [+]... "Don't Panic!" [+]... "Tough but charming" [+]... "First game with a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Galatea, by Emily Short
12 votes
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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
11 votes
"Widely praised, standard-setting modern game" [+]... "The game that got me hooked on IF." [+]... "One of the most..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Curses!, by Graham Nelson
11 votes
"Beautifully written epic" [+]... "Kickstarted modern IF and Inform" [+]... "The first Inform..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Inform's default..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Aisle, by Sam Barlow
10 votes
"Multiplicity actualized!" [+]... "Introduced the..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
9 votes
"Broadened the possibilities of IF beyond "gaming"" [+]... "Breaking out of the box of traditional I.F." [+]... "Defines "Interactive Fiction" as contrasted with "Adventure Game"" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "The first IF that..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Adventureland, by Scott Adams
7 votes
"Scott Adams influenced everyone who played computer games in the eighties." [+]... "One of the first. Challenging." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "A fun game which..." [+]...

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Deadline, by Marc Blank
7 votes
"Established a new genre" [+]... "Whodunit I.F. A fun new genre when introduced. " [+]... "Got me hooked on Infocom games." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Set the template..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Rameses, by Stephen Bond
6 votes
"New innovations in railroading and in strongly characterized PCs." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
6 votes
"Great extensions" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
6 votes
"Perhaps Infocom's best game." [+]... "I haven't played..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
5 votes
"Perhaps the cleverest use of IF to tell a story that would not work in any other medium." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Suspended, by Michael Berlyn
5 votes
"Broke the Mold" [+]... "Very innovative" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Hobbit, by Philip Mitchell and Veronika Megler
4 votes
"Unbelievably advanced for its day" [+]... "Innovative early..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Extremely..." [+]...

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Border Zone, by Marc Blank
4 votes
"different roles/perspectives in the same story, and realtime events" [+]... "A new spy genre in realtime" [+]... "Perspectives IF" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Softporn Adventure, by Chuck Benton
4 votes
"The granddaddy of..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
"Does away with..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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So Far, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
"If this isn't the..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
4 votes
(No comment) [+]... "Contains an..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
3 votes
"A sinister steampunk masterpiece" [+]... "Great work on..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Leather Goddesses of Phobos, by Steve Meretzky
3 votes
"Black circles, gender-changing restrooms, and more" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die, by Rob Noyes
3 votes
"Love it or hate..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Fail-Safe, by Jon Ingold
3 votes
"Would not work if..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Perhaps the first..." [+]...

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Mystery House, by Ken Williams and Roberta Williams
3 votes
"The first graphic adventure" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Plundered Hearts, by Amy Briggs
3 votes
"Early example of..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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howling dogs, by Porpentine
3 votes
"It may be a bit..." [+]... "Highly visible..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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A Day for Fresh Sushi, by Emily Short
2 votes
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Beyond Zork, by Brian Moriarty
2 votes
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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"Modern IF work..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Exhibition, by Ian Finley
2 votes
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For a Change, by Dan Schmidt
2 votes
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Planetfall, by Steve Meretzky
2 votes
"Floyd is the first NPC that everyone talks about." [+]... "An early success at vivid imagery and storytelling." [+]...

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Varicella, by Adam Cadre
2 votes
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Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It, by Jeff O'Neill
2 votes
"Long-term influence seems minimal or at least indirect, but noteworthy for discarding the standard adventuring-room-to-room paradigm almost entirely in favor of conceptual puzzle-play." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"I believe this..." [+]...

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Rematch, by Andrew D. Pontious
1 vote
"Tour de force of indirection" [+]...

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Ditch Day Drifter, by Michael J. Roberts
1 vote
"This was the..." [+]...

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The Guild of Thieves, by Rob Steggles
1 vote
"Funny, Surrealistic and innovative" [+]...

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A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
1 vote
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All Alone, by Ian Finley
1 vote
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She's Got a Thing for a Spring, by Brent VanFossen
1 vote
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Rox, by L. Ross Raszewski
1 vote
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Fallacy of Dawn, by Robb Sherwin
1 vote
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Enchanter, by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling
1 vote
"Seems like every IF product ever is named after a spell from this trilogy." [+]...

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John's Fire Witch, by John Baker
1 vote
"Start of the trend towards short IF" [+]...

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