Text Adventure Games: Three Things Text Games Have Prepared Me For In Real Life
By Derek McCullough
For many of us, gaming is a chance to learn and grow. Sure, we may have fun with the game itself, but sometimes there are also lessons that come from playing that bleed over into every day life. Here are three things that I've noticed which I've gained from my experiences playing text-based games that bled over into my real life.
1. Typing Skills are Improved.
First and foremost, my typing skills have dramatically improved in the ten years which I have been playing online text games. I never was much of a 'homerow typer', mostly because my memory is awful. But somehow, through many hours of playing text adventure games, my muscle memory took over where my mental memory died off (almost literally). With so many hours logged playing these text games, I went from typing a meager 30 words per minute to almost 110 words per minute. Sure, I get mixed up from time to time like anyone, but for the most part, my typing is spot on with roughly 90 percent accuracy.
2. Social Skills Galore
For shy people like myself, there is some comfort in having a computer screen between you and someone new that you are talking to in text games for the first time. It may seem kind of weak, but I find it easier to talk through text than I do through voice. In the beginning of my text gaming, I was never very social. I was always afraid of being judged and mocked. Luckily for me, that slowly changed over time (with the help of some really awesome players I've met in my time playing text adventure games), and now I'm more willing to engage with people. Now, with the bleed over, I find myself more willing to approach people of whom I have little knowledge in the workplace and am able to strike up a conversation. My public speaking skills have drastically improved. And above all else, I find myself a happier person overall knowing that I CAN talk to people.
3. Creative Writing Skills are a Plus
I was never much of a creative writer (I'm still not that great). However, with my exposure to text adventure games, I've found certain creative elements within my brain that are getting more and more exercise through playing text games. From coming up with roleplay story elements to describing, in detail, a character's appearance or some other aspect of the text game, I'm vastly improved from where I was even a few years ago. And it's not just creative writing, but writing in general. I'm better versed in the English language. I've expanded my vocabulary leaps and bounds, as well as increased my knowledge of grammar and sentence structure.
So, what do you say? Maybe text-based games, or MUDs, can do something special for you, too. Who knows? You might even find that you're capable of more than you thought. All it takes is simply logging in to a text adventure game and giving it a go. What have you got to lose?
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Derek McCullough is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from http://www.IronRealms.com.