Lest you think text adventures have died out completely, there's the Annual Interactive Fiction Competition every year to gainsay you. A number of games are entered from all over the world and can be downloaded, played, and voted upon by anybody. Prizes for the authors range from cash money to the very strange and useless. Generally you can find out about the competition at the newsgroup "rec.arts.int-fiction", About.com's interactive fiction section, and the Interactive Fiction Archive.