A gaming blast from the past

For those of you who wonder what some of us are talknig about when we talk about the "good old days" of MMORPGs, here is an article (including a screen shot) about Avatar, an early MMORPG on the Univeristy of Illinois' PLATO system.

Avatar was the first computer game that actually held my attention for more than a few hours. Oddly enough, the game was pretty lame (check out the 'graphics' in the article), but the fun part was that you were playing in close proximity with a few hundred people from all over the country with whom you could communicate by typing in a chat area.

That reminds me of a quote from The Breakfast Club... "Sad and demented, but social."