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This category should contain specific games, in particular those games that are frequently mentioned in discussions about interactive fictions.
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<div style="border:solid black 1px; background-color: #FCC; text-align: center; width: 75%; margin: 1em auto; font-size: 150%;"><b>NOTE:</b> This category has been replaced with <b>[[:Category:Works]]</b>.</div>
  
''For pages in this category, please try to use the format as suggested by [[Games Page Format for IFWiki]].''
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Beginning in October 2014, as part of the cultural and ideological shift in interactive fiction, IFWiki will use "works of interactive fiction", "works of IF", "IF works", or "works" instead of "games" when referring to an arbitrary or generic set of IF offerings. In category names, we will simply say "Works". It's become increasingly obvious that works of interactive fiction aren't limited to just games (in the sense of a challenging entertainment that can be won or lost) but also include what we'd call stories, art pieces, and toys -- and possibly other sorts of things as well. In truth, IF has included such non-games for quite some time, but we've collectively called everything "games" regardless. Unfortunately, calling all IF "games" has the unfortunate side-effect in thinking that works that aren't games don't belong. So, we're changing our terminology.
  
''Suggestion: Please try not to merely duplicate the game information found at Baf's Guide. Consider adding information about IF Games that are not in the Guide.''
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Discussion on this topic can be found at http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16906 .
  
==Links==
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* [http://www.wurb.com/if/index Baf's Guide to the Interactive Fiction Archive] contains listings of all the games entered in [[The Annual IF Competition]] and [[XYZZY Awards]], as well as pointers into the IF archive where you can download them.
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[[Category:Basics]]

Latest revision as of 11:07, 19 October 2014

NOTE: This category has been replaced with Category:Works.

Beginning in October 2014, as part of the cultural and ideological shift in interactive fiction, IFWiki will use "works of interactive fiction", "works of IF", "IF works", or "works" instead of "games" when referring to an arbitrary or generic set of IF offerings. In category names, we will simply say "Works". It's become increasingly obvious that works of interactive fiction aren't limited to just games (in the sense of a challenging entertainment that can be won or lost) but also include what we'd call stories, art pieces, and toys -- and possibly other sorts of things as well. In truth, IF has included such non-games for quite some time, but we've collectively called everything "games" regardless. Unfortunately, calling all IF "games" has the unfortunate side-effect in thinking that works that aren't games don't belong. So, we're changing our terminology.

Discussion on this topic can be found at http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16906 .

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