Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:36 UTC, submitted by James Collett
Games The idiom 'don't judge a book by its cover' can be extended to 'don't judge a computer game by its graphics'. Whilst the games featured in this article have extremely basic graphics, they have many redeeming qualities beyond evoking fond memories of the early days of computer gaming. Text-based games are often forgotten and neglected in the Linux press. However, there are some real ASCII gems out there waiting to be explored which are immensely addictive and great fun to play.
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by clasqm on Tue 13th Dec 2011 09:25 UTC
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Not a gamer myself, but on a related note: Some years back I wondered if it would be possible to create a character-based Linux setup for a really old computer. Nothing spectacular: a word processor like WordPerfect 5.1, a spreadsheet like Lotus 1-2-3, and so on. Like a DOS box circa 1992, but with Linux.

Surprisingly, it couldn't be done. Linux fans may love the command line, and they may have their civil wars about the best text editor, but beyond the great Midnight Commander, there just don't seem to be a lot of non-X character-based Linux productivity applications out there. Which seems ... strange.

I did end up making that old 486 a DOS box again (took a bit of [cough], torrenting, but the old DOS apps are still out there if you look hard).

Or did I miss something?

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