Thoughts on Interactive Fiction
Since a quick search revealed no topics about this, I'm starting one myself.
A while ago my thoughts strayed on the topic of old school text adventures, better known as Interactive Fiction. Though I'm just a little too young to have played them in their heyday, I was nevertheless interested in learning a bit about them.
After a bit of Internet operation I found out the past decade has been quite active when it comes to IF, and after trying a few games I can say that they can provide a reasonable amount of entertainment. I wouldn't go so far as to say that IF is for everyone, or even that it can compete with more modern forms of gaming, but I think it can certainly be worthwhile for some people. And since most games created since 2000 are freeware, there's no reason not to try it.
So, if you're interested, here are some interesting links:
Beginner Resources at the Brass Lantern. Explains all the basics.
The IFDB, which as far as I can tell is the most active IF community around.
Baf's Guide, an IF editorial site slash archive of games. I think it's slightly dead though.