Text Games Have Sadly Gone Extinct
There are always thing we lose when technology advances. Plants vs zombies replaces Rampart and the circle of video game life continues to go on. Sadly though there are types of games that have gone extinct in recent years with the birth of the new generation while others are soon to be headed to the digital grave yard.
The text-based adventure is now completely extinct. These games were basically choose your own adventure titles featured on early computers. Now there just isn’t a place for this software as an entertainment option. Honestly though why would anyone want to read about shooting someone in the face when they can do it.
Turn based role playing games are suffering from a similar fate. There was a point in time for the Super Nintendo that you could find a new turned based rpg being released every month. Now you are lucky to see one every two years and the last true turn based role playing game released was Lost Odyssey for the X-Box 360. These games still have a place in this generation but many developer’s are afraid to risk the money on something that could be a failure. Some gamers like to think that tower defense games like plants vs zombies still represent this turned based rpg.
The 2-D side scroller is close to becoming extinct if only for the fact that all of technology is changing. As TV’s and handheld systems go toward visual 3-D formats 2-D side scrollers are becoming a thing of the past. No mater how good you make games like Castlevania and Super Mario look, new 3-d TVs just won’t have the same effect on 2-D side scrollers as they used. Before to long we may only be able to enjoy one of these games on our cell phones or in our older systems.
I understand as technology advances so do taste in games. I love first person shooters and the other formats we have out now but something is only truly extinct if we as gamers make it that way. We shouldn’t buy into all the hype when a new mediocre 3-D platformer comes out for a game that was better in 2-D. We don’t need to change everything just somethings. When I say this I mean text-based adventures should be left exactly where they are at. The next time they release a classic style game you like take a chance and buy it.