Text-Based MMOs: The Four Best Places to Text Game on the Go
By Tony Celentano
I had Linux installed on a PS3 way before Sony and Anonymous went to war. I remember the first thing I did was plug a keyboard into my PS3 and immediately hop onto my favorite text game. It was an exciting feeling, actually, like that naughty feeling you get when you're doing something you shouldn't. Playing an online text game on a console, on my TV? I remember my friend walking into the room and saying something like, "What the hell is this? Did Sony stop using graphics?". Sadly, he didn't appreciate the fact that I could remap keyboard buttons to my gamepad and play Achaea with the PS3 controller, so we picked out another game and blasted a few zombies instead.
Fast forward to present day, and my cellphone runs a telnet applet for connecting to online text games. So naturally, I have to present to you a list of the unique places I've text-gamed - and with some of the more revolutionary text game companies coming up with ways to access their text games from your phones, now you can too!
I got dragged to Church and Bible Youth Group as a kid and for most of my teenage years. Bible Youth Group is exactly what it sounds like; they lock a bunch of kids in a room and make them read entire chapters of the Good Book. Needless to say, this isn't a good way to engage a kid in anything.
I somehow always "forgot" to bring my bible, so I ended up twiddling my thumbs most of the time. Looking back, if I had a smart phone in 1999, I could've gotten two hours of solid text game grinding done every Sunday morning. I don't know who is to blame for me not being level 99 yet, Jesus or Steve Jobs.
2: The Airport
This one is a no-brainer. If I'm waiting for a flight, I'll whip out my phone, log onto a text game and get caught up on game news, messages, maybe do some chatting on one of my clans. It's the perfect solution to those potentially hours-long airport waits.
The only thing I'd recommend against is actually playing a text game on the airplane. For one, they make you shut off your cellphone during takeoff and landing, and you don't have internet access while flying. Secondly, if you're like me and you do a lot of fighting/raiding, it's really not a good idea to suddenly shout "STUPID HOLOCAUST BOMBS!" on a flight. Those are just two words that really shouldn't be shouted in public, anywhere. Even if you lose massive texts.
3: Fancy Restrooms
It has to be afancyrestroom, like at an upscale restaurant with the shoe-shining machines. Nobody will bother you, there's usually some nice elevator music playing, the seats might even have some kind of cushioning.
Avoid public restrooms. One time, while visiting someone in the hospital, I had to go to the bathroom. I ended up logging into a text game on my phone and lost track of time, and I jerked back to reality when I heard a knock on the stall door. I logged off and opened the door to see a security guard standing there. When he saw my visitor wristband, he apologized and explained that he thought I was a homeless dude. Yeah, true story.
4: When Your Date is in the Bathroom
Let's face it, she's in there talking to all of her friends anyway. She's got a cellphone too, y'know. If you think your date is going horribly awry, pull out your phone and hop on a text game. Charming, intelligent guys like me who have plenty of successful experiences with women would be happy to give you some help on a text game OOC clan and help get you back on track.
If you wish you could spend more of your down time logged onto a text alter ego, check out some text MMOs playable on your phone!
Tony Celentano is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from http://www.IronRealms.com.
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