Retro geek solution for combating writer’s block

A lot of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s remember an early computer gaming phenomenon known as text based adventure gaming. These games were played… wait for it…. using your imagination. The computer would describe, in text, your surroundings and you would respond with text commands.

This form of interactive story telling forced a generation of gamers to use their imaginations to build the world and interact with it. Now the glory of the information age has brought some of these early computing wonders back to us.

Here’s a tip: If you get stuck, try going to archive.org and browsing through some retro games or http://www.web-adventures.org/cgi-bin/webfrotz?s=ZorkDungeon and play through some of these adventures.Let your imagination run wild. You just might find your writer’s block gone.

Do you have a retro gaming favorite?

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