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Canonicity and IF - an IFDB Poll

by juliaofbath
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I'm interested in determining whether or not a clear canon has emerged within the world of IF/hypertext. Of course, there is a clear critical opinion regarding which works belong to this tentative canon, but I'm interested in what readers and fans of the genre feel. I mean 'canon' in the traditional literary sense. For the sake of clarity I will define it here less as a coherent, codified list of works and more as a loose assemblage held in the minds (and in this case lists) of readers, reviewers, and critics.

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Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
9 votes
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Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
9 votes
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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
7 votes
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Galatea, by Emily Short
7 votes
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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
6 votes
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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
6 votes
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Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
5 votes
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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
5 votes
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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
5 votes
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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
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Aisle, by Sam Barlow
4 votes
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howling dogs, by Porpentine
4 votes
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Curses!, by Graham Nelson
4 votes
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Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
4 votes
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A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
3 votes
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Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
3 votes
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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
3 votes
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Enchanter, by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling
3 votes
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Rameses, by Stephen Bond
2 votes
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With Those We Love Alive, by Porpentine and Brenda Neotenomie
2 votes
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Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die, by Rob Noyes
2 votes
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Birdland, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
2 votes
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Lime Ergot, by Caleb Wilson (as Rust Blight)
2 votes
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80 DAYS, by inkle, Meg Jayanth
2 votes
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Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard
2 votes
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Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe
2 votes
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Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
2 votes
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my father's long, long legs, by michael lutz
2 votes
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Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian
2 votes
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Choice of the Dragon, by Dan Fabulich and Adam Strong-Morse
2 votes
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Bee, by Emily Short
1 vote
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Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, by S. John Ross
1 vote
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The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
1 vote
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Fallacy of Dawn, by Robb Sherwin
1 vote
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Thaumistry: In Charm's Way, by Bob Bates
1 vote
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Horse Master, by Tom McHenry
1 vote
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Planetfall, by Steve Meretzky
1 vote
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