blog avatar2016-07-27

For those of you too young to remember, or maybe for those too old to remember too, waaaay back in the day there was something called a Text Adventure. This was a video game that relied solely on text, no graphics at all. Graphics being very difficult to generate on old computers, text adventures offered a way for game designers to use their player’s imaginations as the video card. Kind of ingenious really.

The problem of course is that in order to interact with these games you have to type in commands, and computers are not good at understanding people. This would lead to all sorts of problems, most often the dreaded “Syntax Error” in which the computer was unable to parse the grammar of your request. There was nothing more frustrating than giving your game a simple command, only to be thwarted by Syntax gremlins. I just want to get ye flask.