This actually happened a month ago, but the winners of the 2006 XYZZY Awards
for interactive fiction have been announced! Top honors went to Eric Eve's science fiction story The Elysium Enigma
, while Andrew Plotkin's Edward Gorey
homage Delightful Wallpaper
and Emily Short's Floatpoint
were among winners in several other categories.The Elysium Enigma
casts you as an Imperial officer charged with contacting a mysteriously technophobic settlement on a remote planet. I've only had a chance to play the first five minutes of it, but the premise seems intriguing so far.
For elegant multi-platform interpreters that should be able to run most or all of the nominated titles, I recommend Gargoyle
for Windows or Spatterlight
for Macintosh systems.
(XYZZY Awards 2006 summarized at Baf's Guide