Template:State of the Scene 2016
"IF is now being written by many types of people, for many reasons, as freeware or for sale, and distributed in a wide range of places. It is harder than ever to follow what is going on, and also there is a greater than ever variety to the works and players."
--Emily Short, "Brief Bibliography about IF History," April 2016.
What's new in the IF scene:
- IFDB's adoption by the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation.
- NarraScope, a games conference hosted by the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation.
- The Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a nonprofit created to support IF tools and services.
- Dialog, an authoring language developed by Linus Åkesson.
- CYOA platforms like Raconteur by Bruno Dias, ink by inkle, Squiffy by Alex Warren, and Texture by Juhana Leinonen and Jim Munroe.
- Lectrote, a Glulx interpreter app by Andrew Plotkin.
- Long-term jams like the TinyUtopias IF Jam, curated by Cat Manning, and The Year of Adventure, organized by Robin Douglas Johnson.
- Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine, a book by Melissa Ford on authoring Twine stories.
Still going strong:
- Annual competitions like IF Comp, Spring Thing, and the XYZZY Awards.
- Experimentation in both parser IF and CYOA.
- Popular CYOA authoring tools like Twine and ChoiceScript.
- Web-based authoring platforms for parser like Quest and, for Inform 7, Playfic.
- Meetup groups like Boston's People's Republic of Interactive Fiction and San Francisco's SF Bay Area Interactive Fiction Group.