I did some of the boring statistics on Twitter, copied here for easier reading:
Big risers in the 2023 edition (+20 spots or more):
The Gostak from Tied-for-46th (the threshold for making the list) to 6th! I haven’t played it yet.
Adventure from T-46 to T-10 (just downloaded it to play soon it based on seeing the votes come in for this edition).
Suveh Nux from T-46 to T-15 (not sure I’d really heard of this one before, but looking forward to it).
Plundered Hearts from not on the list to T-18 (been on my radar a long time).
Open Sorcery from not on the list to T-21 (bought this one years ago on the recommendation of MathBrush, but haven’t played it yet).
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from T-46 to T-21 (a classic I’m looking forward to).
The Fire Tower from not on the list to T-28 (not familiar with it, but will get to it).
Worlds Apart from not on the list to T-28 (haven’t played this one either, I have a lot of work cut out for me).
Other games not on the 2019 list, but on the 2023 list: A Dark Room (one of my votes!), Choice of Robots, Babel, Enchanter, Queers in Love at the End of the World, and Treasures of a Slaver’s Kingdom.
New games (released since the last vote) on the list, from top to bottom: The Impossible Bottle (5th place outright, released 2020), According to Cain (T-21, released 2022), The Archivist and the Revolution (T-28, 2022), A Paradox Between Worlds (T-38, 2021), Computerfriend (T-38, 2022), Grooverland (T-38, 2021), And Then You Come to a House Not Unlike the Previous One (T-49, 2021), A Rope of Chalk (T-49, 2020), Even Some More Tales from Castle Balderstone (T-49, 2021), Overboard! (T-49, 2021), Plasmorphosis (T-49, 2022), Repeat the Ending (T-49, 2023), Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Fly Fishing (T-49, 2019), and Turandot (T-49, 2019).
Games that fell 20 spots or more: Galatea from T-4 to T-49 (!), Slouching Towards Bedlam from 12th to T-49, Horse Master from T-17 to T-38, Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis from T-17 to not on the list, Shade from T-17 to T-38, Vespers from T-17 to T-49, Bee from T-23 to T-49, Creatures Such as We from T-23 to not on the list, Kerkerkruip from T-23 to T-49, Midnight. Swordfight. from T-23 to not on the list, With Those We Love Alive from T-23 to T-49, and Gun Mute from T-29 to not on the list.
Other games that fell off the list: A Beauty Cold and Austere (received 1 vote, 4 needed to make list), Cactus Blue Motel (rec’d 3 votes), Harmonia (3 votes), Rameses (2), Alias ‘The Magpie’ (2), De Baron (1), Bogeyman (1), The Edifice (1), Endless, Nameless (1), Everybody Dies (2), Foo Foo (1), Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home (3), Human Errors (0), Junior Arithmancer (3), Sub Rosa (3), their angelical understanding (2), Toby’s Nose (0), and Varicella (3).
Authors with the most games in the Top 50: Emily Short (4), Ryan Veeder (3), and Andrew Plotkin (3). Though if you lumped all the Infocom authors together they would have a bunch too!
(BTW, I’m just now realizing that in my head I’ve always called it “Ryan Veeder’s Authentic Flying Fish” and only typing it now did I realize it I had it wrong. I’ve never played it and Flying Fish seems to fit more in the vibe of his other games that I have played!)