IF for wannabe Authors - an IFDB Poll

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For all the wannabe IF Authors out there, what games would you recommend they play/research? Hopefully looking for multiple types (best & worst IF) and also IF with sounds/pictures/animation & with well done feelies (maps, letters, interactive (like printable iDs) to show a possible author if what is a brilliant IF (or what not to do) and what can be achieved with bringing in extras

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Andrew Schultz, October 17, 2012 - Reply
I'd think anything with source code is good. Especially source code as the project progresses. As someone who is still learning a lot about Inform, there are moments I say "how'd he DO that (technically?)" and having the source accessible lets me search for the game text and see how things are organized.
Victor Gijsbers, September 27, 2012 - Reply
In my opinion, there is very little reason for playing bad IF; just play the best IF, and learn from that. Which means that an aspiring author could do a lot worse than play the highest ranking IF Comp games of the last few years, or browse through the IF Top 50:

Molly, September 26, 2012 - Reply
Your poll description is very... messy. I can understand what you are saying, but I have to re-read it to understand it all. Is English not your native language? If so, then I understand, and I won't bother you about it again.

Anyway, if you're looking for examples of what not to do in IF, Sam Kabo Ashwell has a series of reviews that he has tagged How Not To Do It. You would probably find them handy.
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