Not even close to a thousand times. Think about it- nothing before the SNES/Genesis era can even compete
I'm sorry, but not only does it depend on your taste in games, it also depends on what you mean by a "good game". There were better written stories, more complex gameplay and more professionally made graphics for the consoles' or computers' limitations even before the NES. You also underestimate how many games have been released over the years, and we haven't even played 0.1% of them. I don't think high quality, exciting gameplay, tight controls or innovation ever sold a game on release - marketing did. I keep finding groundbreaking games from 10 years back I've never heard of, because they were trampled by big titles like Doom and Final Fantasy, and only gained a cult following many years later when people found them (and long after the developer went out of business). In fact, it's been years since I bought a new game since the ones already out there suffice, and don't cost $lots. Of course this is just my taste.
I'm just not comfortable with people praising Iji too much (or in a few other places "defending" the game from fair critiscism in my place). Remember that it's like an amateur webcomic - a subpar derivative of greater works I've been a fan of. I'm glad for the effort I spent on finishing it, and I'm glad some people really like it, but it is what it is.
Ultimortal must be feeling good about himself right about now.
I'm pretty neutral to the game itself now, but it is a relief it wasn't a flop after spending so much time. I was really nervous right after release, since the initial feedback was mostly negative. It seems it's gotten more positive since it's gotten more players and I fixed the issues people discussed, but looking around the net, the average opinion still seems to be "meh". That's honestly better than I hoped. :)
I said it before, but every creation will have the whole spectrum of opinions about it. Iji becomes a different game to everyone who plays it. To some it's unplayable, and they would say it's at the bottom 1% of games, and to some it's great. Neither is the "true" opinion, and whether you can measure the "good" of a work by how large its fanbase or ratio of positive opinions are is a rather pointless question IMO. I just make games I like to play, and see if anyone else likes the same things I do. :p Of course I still do my best, as I don't want to play a game with shoddy interface or boxes for graphics.
When's the last relevant post been posted?
No idea. It seems there are not many new users posting here anymore.
Yuka: I'll read your story when I have the time.