One second you're on the beach reading your Kindle. The next you're standing in an open field west of a white house. That's because you're playing the text adventure classic Zork (or one of its sequels) on your ebook reader!
In 1989, the classic point-and-click adventure Shadowgate debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Shadowgate was notorious for mercilessly killing players at every turn. Thanks to the internet, you can watch every death scene without actually playing this insanely frustrating game.
The closest analogy to…
Long before computer animation and virtual reality, people were creating virtual worlds in a more traditional way: text. And some of the most vibrant and complete virtual worlds existed in a quirky genre of video game called the text adventure.