It is amusing to take note of the MMORPG social gaming explosion that is taking place across the Internet because when you cast your mind back and take notice of the MUD’s of the past and those pioneer coders of the Internet and the worlds they created, you realize that the only thing has changed is the graphics.
MUD’s or text based adventures as known to some, were the first form of persistent role play available for gamers to partake in, The skills and stats were given to players, but the only limitations of the game were there imagination. Through highly descriptive writing and creativity pioneers game developers were able to create web based text based worlds for players to game within.
These games would have no graphics, but instead powerful descriptions and storyline s given to players to visualize the things they were doing, the commands and game play were equally well described so the game play was seamless and without disruption.
One of the most commendable benefits of these MUD’s were that they did not require any expensive software to play, because they are created solely from text and those worlds are created with imagination the games are playable on nearly every computer in the world with a standard Internet connection.
The genre never really fell into decline or lost popularity, but rather more game opportunity’s became available to gamers and the rise of graphics and game play has made the MUD genre forgotten to most gamers.
But the good news is the genre is just that, forgotten, it is however still extremely active, whilst the numbers are not as prominent as they may have once been many quality MUD’s still exist and are played today, some of the highest quality muds are….
Achaea – http://www.achaea.com
Lusternia – http://www.lusternia.com
Imperian – http://www.imperian.com
Aetolia – http://www.aetolia.com
Any many more can be found at: http://www.topmudsites.com
Nearly all MUD’s are created and maintained by the community’s that play in them and you are nearly always assured a friendly quality experience. From social gaming, pvp , role play or more MUD’s are still a very prominent genre of games alive on the Internet and have something to offer to everyone!
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