REALLY BAD IF - a silly ~ham~

That extract may or may not reflect actual gameplay of a silly thing I am slapping together which may or may not enter up in the REALLY BAD IF (probably getting disqualified for being actually playable) or ParserComp (probably getting disqualified for being absolutely horrible in design)… Trying to work up the confidence to submit it before it self-detonates.

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Or “dimwit”. (Guilty, as charged.) I’d have thought this is essential in really bad IF.

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“Cretin” was Infocom’s term of choice for the player.

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Interestingly, the name for the current command-taker (usually the player, unless you command other people) in ZIL is called WINNER. It’s suspected this was sarcasm from the fact that it might have originally L-USER (sounds like loser), therefore winner. Just remembered that. They called the player some interesting things!

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Mine’s now submitted! I’m calling it the world’s most annoying game! So far it’s annoyed me getting it working, so it’s lived up to it’s name so far! I’m curious to see if anyone’s able to complete it! :grin:

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I have also submitted. That was two hours of quality work there.

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I read Manon’s I Promise I Am Working On The Game and I believe it loses the jam because it’s delightful and one of the most engaging and accessible Bitsy works I’ve encountered. Not Bad IF!

This game…it’s like. If after Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker’s Guide, Infocom partnered with Eugene Ionesco and didn’t even have to discuss it wouldn’t be released! :laughing:

It also gave me the impression of an “understudy” parser trying to remember which part goes with what game and getting into hilarious pratfalls. All I did was request INVENTORY and suddenly we’re over here in this game. It’s mind-breaking lovecraftian paradox if you know too much about parser games.

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Ah but… I make the rules here :wink:

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I have a cousin who was a professional tennis player and actually played in Wimbledon once. He simply cannot play a nice game of tennis or just hit the ball around with you. He just can’t. He will try, but then his instincts take over and he will crush you like a bug.

The point of this anecdote is to say that even when trying hard to write badly, there are some people (cough, cough, Manon) who just can’t do it.

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:scream: :sob: :green_heart:

small edit: tbf i think it’s bad in other ways than the writing :stuck_out_tongue:

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In a smaller way I experienced the same thing with my cousin who was in high school tennis. She had to start refusing to go with me just to smack the ball around because she was like “you don’t return the ball enough, and we end up chasing it more than practicing.” She wasn’t looking for a challenge, she just wanted someone who could consistently volley with her.

I did experience one of my minor issues with Bitsy. Since the specific graphics you “bump” to get text are sometimes hard to identify or are completely invisible hotspots, once I get used to the arrow navigation I’m hammering buttons to zip around and inadvertently blaze through a one-off text bit since the arrows also can dismiss any text popup.

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Furiously taking notes for my next ham entry.

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bullseye!

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