Two major events — the 13th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition and the 10th annual Independent Games Festival — are underway, sending a deluge of top-quality games right into our collective gaming laps. Interactive fiction continues to blossom as authors push the boundaries of gaming with better stories and deeper gameplay using nothing more than the written word. Most of the IGF games aren't available for download just yet, but you'll recognize some of the games/authors and immediately jump for joy. Combined, these events deliver (or will deliver) more than 200 games to the world. That's a lot of Saturday afternoons spent in front of the computer screen.
The organizers of the 10th annual Independent Games Festival have revealed the massive list of 173 entries into the 2008 competition (some of which are available to download) from developers ranging from studios to garage programmers around the world. GameSetWatch has culled a few of the most noteworthy games from the list, including titles such as Fret Nice, a full version of the Crayon Physics game titled Crayon Physics Deluxe, and the evolution of Tower of Goo into World of Goo. There are tons of exciting projects on the list showing off the designers' enormous talents.
The 2007 Interactive Fiction Competition is also underway with 29 entries received and ready for download. Each year at least one game turns heads in the IF community with a surprisingly deep story or creative new gameplay mechanic. Voting ends November 15, so start working your way through the list! If you're too overwhelmed with text adventuring goodness to know where to start, IF author Emily Short (Floatpoint) is reviewing the entries on her blog.