TL;DR: IF is pretty cool.
By way of introduction, I’ve been casually dipping into a lot of interactive fiction over the last year or so and I’ve come to the conclusion that IF is pretty cool and varied. There is such a wealth of material out there! And even though I pretty much stick to choice-based IF, there’s enough work available to last me quite a while.
Recently I’ve read The Periwink, by Jedediah Berry; Cape, by Bruno Dias; Utopian Jam, by Astrid Dalmady; Stone Harbor, by Eliza Daly; Birdland, by Brendan Patrick Hennessey; and Bring Me a Head, by Chandler Groover, as a few examples. These are all free, high-quality works in my opinion. It took a little sifting to find them, and I also make a little fetish out of trying to read on my smartphone, so that limits me.
But even with that limitation, you’ve got commercial entities like Choice of Games, Delight Games, Inkle Studios, and Tin Man Games putting out a ton of material–most of it pretty reasonably priced in my opinion–that can be read/played on mobile. I’ve tried many books from these guys and the diversity is really amazing! I’ve particularly got to take my hat off to COG for promoting gender and sexual diversity in their stories.
I’ve also enjoyed perusing sub-Q and textadventures.co.uk, for other free reads, so it would be hard to say there isn’t enough material!
I’ve only come around to IF recently, so I’m not a grizzled veteran of parser based works. I’ve tried it, including the old Infocom titles, but I’m not so good at it, and I actually got lost playing Zork with a walkthrough and had to stop, so that’s pretty bad! But I am itching to read, for example, Hadean Lands.
In short, even with the limitations imposed by my taste, or how and where I want to read, the field is pretty rich, in my opinion. Every day, I always look forward to see what’s coming out and what looks interesting. So, the newbie sez: “so far, IF is pretty cool.”