A bunch of interactive fiction enthusiasts in Boston have created a “tribute album” of IF games for the 20th anniversary of the They Might Be Giants album, Apollo 18:
We’re proud to be hosting Apollo 18+20: The IF Tribute Album. This is a collaboration of various members of the interactive fiction community (including a good number from the People’s Republic of IF) to create a tribute in honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the They Might Be Giants album Apollo 18. For each track on the album, there is a corresponding short interactive fiction game. The “Fingertips” tracks from the album, each a few seconds long, are represented by one-move games.
This idea is SO awesome on SO many levels that there’s probably not enough room on the Internet to list them out … so we’ll just have to stand back and admire that this tribute to the music of the ultimate nerd band is made out of the purest extract of nerdism that exists in the world: amateur-made text-based games. I may be alone in this, but it gives me a taste of that lazy, under-skilled and unimaginative feeling that I first experienced after seeing The Social Network.