Golden Banana of Discord

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The Golden Banana of Discord is a special prize awarded to the game whose scores have the highest standard deviation.

Physically, it is a crescent of gold cloth stuffed with cotton. You can see a picture of the original banana here. Andrew Plotkin created the first 'teddy banana' and donated it to the 6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2000).

The banana was originally just a normal prize, and in 2000 it was chosen by Brendan Barnwell, author of The Big Mama. Brendan redonated the banana back to the IF Comp in 2001 with the standard deviation stipulation. Winners of the banana are expected to re-donate it back to the competition in the following year.

In 2005, a new banana—The Golden Banana of Discord, Mark II—was donated to the competition by Daphne Brinkerhoff and Greg Boettcher. You can see pictures of the new banana here.

Winners of the Golden Banana of Discord

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