Text Games: Those Crazy Signs of Addiction
Addictions can come in various forms for really anything in this world; some are more serious than the others. Text games have the ability to provide the player with an enriched role playing game environment. The environment allows the text game player to escape from the physical world performing actions that are reached beyond the heavens. They could be a fearsome warrior that strikes down all that stands in their way, a dedicated scholar with a silver tongue that can sway the most stubborn opinions, or a dedicated and enriched politician with fantastic leadership capabilities.
The following are interesting and amusing signs of addiction to one or more online role playing games.
I do recall when I had just started playing text games, someone stated over a clan that they had a vivid text game dream. I will admit I laughed and thought, “That will never happen to me.” A few days later I was eating my own words. I ended up having a text game dream that was over a spar, if I remember correctly. I have had quite a few text game dreams even since then, some of which are just purely bizarre. So the question is, have you?
Miming your character’s attacks
There is more than likely someone out there whom irritates you, or even whenever a situation irritates you. How far has it gone? Have you mimed a random attack of your text game characters subconsciously? I know I definitely have! While one of my text game characters was a member of the Occultist class in Achaea, I was talking to a text game friend. My friend was irritating me and I never noticed myself clutching my fist and twisting it in front of them, until after she looked at me with concern and said that I had lost my mind. Once I realized what I’d done, I kind of stopped and started to laugh, I couldn’t help it, the situation was so random and ridiculous.
There are two others that I have mimicked in similar situations. These were both during the various times that I had a text game character as a monk. Well, to turn a long story to a short one, I caught myself miming the skills of kai choke and mind radiance. Amused, yes? I know I certainly was.
Finding game references within unrelated means
Have you ever read a book and came across a name that looked familiar and your immediate thought is, “Oh! They’re from Achaea!” Perhaps it was a situation that reminded you of one or more of the text games. There have been several fiction and fantasy books that I have read and ended up finding some type of text game relevance whether it’s a name, skill, city, or situation. Funnily enough each time this occurred I wasn’t even trying or thinking about text games.
Slips of the Tongue
It many sound crazy, but I have heard of and have had this happen to me, to end up slipping up and saying things that are related to the Iron Realms games around those that do not play the text game. For example, by saying something like “Oh my Gods,” for either an amusing or unbelievable situation.
Habitual emoting on messengers
There may come a time whenever you decide to allow for other text game adventurers to contact you by an out of character means, such as instant messenging. There could also be a time whenever you throw in a random emotion such as doing something like “*hug*” on the messaging window. How do you know when it’s a step further? It’s very simple, when you start doing similar actions to your non-text-gaming friends.
Attempting to perform game commands elsewhere
Have you ever talked to one of your gaming friends and you end up sending the message that has something like “Cwho” or something related in it? I know I definitely have. This one night in particular, I was very exhausted and ended up sending the message “qq” to one of my friends before I signed out of AIM and MSN. Needless to say they laughed themselves silly at it, and the worst part… I wasn’t even playing the text game when the situation occurred!
So, has any of this ever occurred to you? If it has, you just may be addicted, my friend. Worry not, I’m highly certain you are not alone.
Natalie Womble is a text game addict who enjoys the best role playing games from Iron Realms!