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Fundamentals of Adventure Game Design by Ernest Adams

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The History of Adventure Games

Adventure games have changed more over their history than other game genres have. Sports, driving, and fighting games, for example, have better graphics than in the past, but their gameplay seldom changes much because these are well-understood fantasies. Because adventure games are not about any one subject or activity, there is considerable variation among them. In this section, we’ll look at the history of adventure games.

The Early Days

Adventure games were highly popular in the early days of personal computers. The first ones were text-only, which made them inexpensive to develop and allowed great scope for both the designers’ and the players’ imaginations. A group of students at MIT, inspired by the original ...

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