21 August, 2006
I was talking to a friend (the co-editor of the book I’m editing), and we were discussing the issue of text MUDs and how much harder they were back in the day. We kind of laugh when people talk about the “grind” in modern games because some of the older (and more popular!) text games had a definite grind to them.
We found it amusing that two guys in their early 30′s were talking about how kids these days have it so much easier than we did. We were metaphorically waving our canes at the kids and yelling for them to keep off our lawns.
Later I was joking around with another friend and talking about text MUDs again. I said:
Text MUDs were games where you had to type commands to do things in the world. Like this:
You are in a vast plain. There is a school uphill to the north about 10 miles away. It is snowing hard.
> go north
You walk 10 miles, uphill, in the snow, to the school.
You are at a school. Your home is uphill to the south about 10 miles away. It is snowing harder than before.
> go south
You walk 10 miles, uphill, in the snow, home.
And that’s the way we liked it!