Yakko's IF World
by C.E. Forman
Anyone familiar with the cartoon show "Animaniacs" should appreciate this irreverent little number, which follows in the footsteps of "Yakko's World."
(Music: Traditional [The Mexican Hat Dance] | Lyrics: C.E. Forman)
Announcer: And now, the world of Interactive Fiction, brought to you by Yakko Warner!
Yakko [sings]: Adventure, AdventureLand, Pirate Adventure, and Dungeon, Zork Trilogy too,
Beyond Zork, Bureaucracy, Hollywood Hijinx, and Hitchhiker's Guide, Ballyhoo.
There's Sherlock, Suspended, Zork Zero, Enchanter, and Planetfall, Moonmist as well,
Border Zone, Sorcerer, Seastalker, Deadline, then Wishbringer and Infidel.
There's Starcross and Cutthroats, A Mind 'ever Voyaging, Stationfall, and Plundered Hearts,
Spellbreaker, Nord and Bert, Trinity, Suspect, and Zork (which is split in three parts)!
Leather Goddesses, Arthur, The Infocom Samplers, both LTOI's, Quarterstaff,
Shogun, The Witness, Unkuulian Underworld Zero, One, Two, and One-Half.
Lost, Lurking Horror, Frustration, Rylvania, CosmoServe, and Golden Fleece,
Theatre, Journey, MacWesleyan, Busted, and Christminster (by Gareth Rees)!
The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Shelby's Addendum, then Balances, Abbey Montglane,
Detective, its MiSTing, The Gorreven Papers, then Waystation and Inhumane!
Library, Time Killer, Jigsaw, John's Fire Witch, Tesseract, then Paper Chase,
Odieus, Curses, The Dungeons of Dunjin, Great Archeological Race,
Save Princeton, T-Zero, The Legend Lives, Humbug, Electrabot, Jinxter, The Pawn,
TimeQuest, Corruption, The Guild of Thieves, Wonderland, Crypt, and The Golden Baton.
Klaustrophobia, Mindshadow, Fish, Magic Toyshop, then Veritas, World, and Pork 1,
The SpellCasting Trilogy, Tass Times in Tonetown, then Circus, and Mask of the Sun!
Gnome Ranger, Lancelot, ScapeGhost, Toonesia, then Avalon (not yet released),
Zebulon, Windhall, Dark Continent, Knight Orc, and Multi-Dimensional Thief.
Undertow, Tube Trouble, Change in the Weather, Museum Forever, Undo,
The Awe-Chasm, a.k.a. Chasm of Awe, which is a.k.a. Snatch and Crunch II!
There's TimeSquared: Centroplis, Lethe Flow Phoenix, The Caverns of Chaos, GC,
Space Aliens Laughed at My Cardigan, Disch's Amnesia, and +=3!
Enhanced, Mind Electric, The Jewels of Darkness, and Lin's The One That Got Away,
South American Trek, Mop and Murder, Red Moon, Lords of Time (Level 9), Shades of Gray.
Broken String, Castaway, cRiMe, and Jerusalem, Zanfar, then Spur, Demon's Tomb,
Lost New York, Mini-Zork, Eric the Viking, Oo-Topos, and Vial of Doom!
Jacaranda Jim, World Under Glass, and The Jewelled Arena, Gymnasium, Storms,
Hugo, TADS, Archetype, AdvSys, QuestMaker, AGT, ALan, Inform!
Silicon Dreams, Time and Majik, Marooned Again, Lottery, No Beer, Darknight,
Eric the Unready, Dinkum, then Dudley, The Four Symbols, Son of Stagefright.
Hampton, and Mindwheel, Wraith Blaster, Snowball, Plague Planet, and Legend's Gateway,
Sir Ramic Hobbs, SceptreQuest, East of Eastwood, and the Drifters (Deep Space and Ditch Day)!
Heather's Easter Egg Hunt, Stowaway, LogoMancer, Cliff Diver, A Fable, and GAGS,
Stuck Mid-Game, Wombat, The Miser, Eliza...
...Guards of Infinity, another game Trinity,
Starship Columbus, Apprentice, Humongous Cave,
Sleuth, Disenchanted, then SpiritWrak, Sanity
Clause, and Melita, Crusade, Feasibility,
Sangsarawardha, Death Arrow (two-parter),
XYZZYnews and SPAG!!!
(With apologies to the authors whose titles I butchered to get this thing to pass for rhyming, and also to the authors whose creations I just couldn't fit in...or, perhaps more appropriately, to the authors whose games I DID fit in.)
Sources I consulted while writing this:
Volker Blasius' Master Index to the GMD Archive, Paul David Doherty's "Infocom Fact Sheet", Carl Muckenhoupt's "Baf's Guide to the I-F Archive", Gerry Kevin Wilson's "The (Other) TADS Game List", Brendon Wyber's list of Inform Games; and article, "That Other Great Adventure Company" (published in issue #3 of SPAG), Various game reviews from back issues of SPAG and XYZZYnews, The rec.*.int-fiction FAQs, Recent rec.*.int-fiction posts, and my own (admittedly shoddy) memory.
As you can see, I love talking shop, so if anybody has any comments, feel free to e-mail me at the address at the beginning of this article.
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