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OtisTDog

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Member since February 27, 2008
Last visited August 17, 2014
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I've got some strong opinions for someone who's never shown the courage or skill to publish any IF of my own. Nonetheless, I am a big fan of the medium -- which I think is going to be rediscovered by the mainstream at some point -- and I hope you enjoy my reviews.

Here's a brief guide to my rating system. It is unusually harsh:

5 stars -- a piece so incredible it effectively defines the genre or technique that it introduces or perfects. Very, very few works will get 5 stars from me.

4 stars -- a work that is significantly above average and achieves something notable. In general, a game that excels but does not quite reach the apex of its class. A relatively small number of works will get 4 stars from me.

3 stars -- a game that is competently put together and enjoyable to play, but lacks the special something that would make it stand out. Best summed up as "good, not great". Many games will get this rating from me.

2 stars -- a passable attempt that is deficient in one or more qualities that would make it truly enjoyable. Basically, something that could have been a 3-star game but fell short in some way, or otherwise falls into the "blah" category. Many games will get this rating from me.

1 star -- a work that, in my mind, has no redeeming qualities or is so horribly non-functional that any such qualities are not relevant to the playing experience. Very few games will get this rating from me, as I try to find something good about most games.

I am most harsh in my reviews when a work shows little evidence of effort on the part of the author. Conversely, I am inclined to generosity when I feel like the author tried hard to realize an interesting goal, even if he or she was not successful in doing so.

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Best Works of Science Fiction IF - 5 items   October 6, 2012
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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry   March 1, 2014
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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin   January 19, 2014
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Augmented Fourth, by Brian Uri!   March 7, 2013
"The first and only work ever published by author Brian Uri, Augmented Forth is an astounding debut piece. Coded via Inform 6, its..." - See the full review

Bliss, by Cameron Wilkin   March 1, 2013
"This short piece received fairly positive reviews upon its release in 1999, and, when judged in the context of what was available then, I..." - See the full review

Clockwork Boy 2, by Marius Müller and Jon Blask   February 27, 2013
"This short piece wouldn't be out of place as an entry in IntroComp, because all that really happens is an introduction to a significant..." - See the full review

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OtisTDog's Played Games List

69,105 Keys, by David Welbourn
Snack Time!, by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba
Guilded Youth, by Jim Munroe
Violet, by Jeremy Freese
Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry

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