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Villains - an IFDB Poll

by Victor Gijsbers
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"[T]he thief [in Zork] is important to the development of interactive fiction because he functions as a true villain, not simply an obstacle or opponent.", writes Nick Montfort. Apparently, he moves around, taunts the player, actively hinders his progress, and can be finally overcome. What other games have such a villain?

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Zork II, by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank
5 votes
"Kind of an obvious choice, in light of the initial remarks here, but the Wizard of Frobozz was arguably a more dastardly opponent, and a more satisfying one to overcome, than the Thief from Zork I." [+]... "The Wizard: Villainous Enough to Fit Even the Tightest Parameters!" [+]... "My favorite of the ZORK trilogy." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Plundered Hearts, by Amy Briggs
3 votes
"The primary..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Lock & Key, by Adam Cadre
3 votes
"Baldo- doesn't..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Jigsaw, by Graham Nelson
2 votes
"Arguably Black..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Party Foul, by Brooks Reeves
2 votes
"The Hostess- she..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"The Wumpus meets..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
1 vote
"Julia primarily..." [+]...

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Forbidden Castle, by Mercer Mayer
1 vote
"The Blue Faerie-..." [+]...

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Murmellius II, by VDSB
1 vote
"Piet & Dirk" [+]...

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Shelter from the Storm, by Eric Eve
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Varicella, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
"General Wehrkeit" [+]...

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