It is times when I think about how games were better, “in the old days,” when I realize just well, how old video games are.
When I started playing video games, there were no three dimensional graphics.Â There was a command line and a green squiggle that may have been a character, I don’t know.Â I had to use my imagination.Â (“Why, back in my day, we had to load games from a cassette tape!Â Both sides!Â And we liked it!Â And there were multiple floppies!Â And code wheels!”)
Then there were text adventures.
You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.
I was really into interactive fiction.Â I actually had a couple of boxed INFOCOM games, I’ll have to dig them out from somewhere.Â I just remember that the games came with such great swag.Wishbringer: The Magick Stone of Dreams, was about a wishing stone.
Inside the box, there was a map and a letter you had to deliver, and a descriptive leaflet about the origins of the stone, but best of all, there was a small plastic replica of the stone that glowed in the dark.
I just thought that was awesome.
I held on to that stone for years.Â I think it was still on my bookshelf when I left home to go to college.