Text-Based Games

R. Dupuis

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Text-based games have been on Earth for over thirty years. PCs (Personal Computers) back in the late seventies and eighties (like the Commodore 64) didn’t have the processing power to produce images in their games, thus the text based- game was born. In a game like that, you have to type your way through different lines of text. For example, the game may ask where you would like to go and you have to type in walk left, right, forward, or backward to move your character.

If you are interested in these types of games, why don’t you try and make one! First of all, you might want to download a program called Notepad++. This will greatly help you with coding. The coding is in a language called MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System). You may have to look up on the internet for information on how to code with MS-DOS because in my opinion, it is much easier to code with this language than any other programming language.

Examples of these fun games include: Adventure, Zork, or Turtle, all of which classify as real video games because the definition of a video game according to the Dictionary online is “any of various interactive games played using a specialized electronic gaming device or a computer or mobile device and a television or other display screen, along with a means to control graphic images.” The word “control” in there is the key. Basically, a game is where you get to choose what you do. So think about these games more because they don’t get recognized much today. They were the origins of PC gaming, and you could even create one.

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Text-Based Games