Text Games - Why Graphics Don’t Matter
By Keeshia Barker and Jeremy B Saunders
The modern gaming community for their lack of graphic interfaces often looks down on online text games but this sentiment is wrongly placed. Text games make use of the greatest computing system, your brain, and its capacity to vividly imaging the impossible. While all that text may not seem as impressive as all the pretty colors and renderings of a graphic game, a much deeper immersion experience is to be had, allowing players to truly escape from their daily lives into a world of adventure.
In graphic based games, the player invests into a visible entity. That entity is clearly separate from the user and disappears when they log off the game. Much, if not most, of the communication in these multiplayer games is on a real life basis. That is, talk about the game mechanics, quests, and organization talk is mixed in with chatter about the user?s daily life, their work, school, environment, and etcetera. This is not the case with a text game.
From the moment a player logs into a text based game, they are their character. In many of these games, out-of-character (or OOC) talk is not permitted except in specific scenarios (a clan, a channel, or when asking a specific question on how you, the player, can make your character perform a task). They are instead encouraged to remain in character (or IC) at all times when dealing with other characters. This allows the player to fully adopt a persona and roleplay from the moment of login to logout.
A player must think, speak, and act their character out in order to advance within the online text game. Even bashing (the hunting of creatures for experience) and PvP (player versus player combat) in these text games takes the brainpower to both comprehend and excel at. No more mashing of keys or clicking of icons, well unless you want to set it up that way! And these games offer much more than most graphic games do, from in depth and expandable lore to player-driven political systems.
Several of these text games boast thousands of rooms in hundreds of areas for players to explore, bash in, and wage ware over. There is a plethora of different guilds, cities, orders, and other organizations to roleplay in, and hundreds of skills for you to master. Characters can be customized from how they look down to designing how their clothes, jewelry, and even weapons look. Best of all, most of these games are completely free yet allow you to purchase upgrades for your character. You can purchase artifacts, skills, and even lessons to further your characters progress.
So while these text based online games may, to some, be old school, they are ever evolving and getting better with each year. Take a break from the pretty elves and warrior women dancing around in your graphic game and come let your mind wander free in a world of text. And hey, maybe your brain will thank you for letting it exercise all its muscles in our online text games!
If you are interested in text adventure games then you should try out the Iron Realms text games.
Keeshia Barker is a player and text game enthusiast from www.IronRealms.com
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