It didn't help that there were a lot of broken termcaps out there at the time, and if you were unfortunate enough to be using one of them, the arrow keys probably didn't work anyway.
I learned vi (real Bill Joy vi, not vim) in the early 1980's on a good working terminal, so I never got into the habit of avoiding the arrow keys. I use the arrow keys. But, I use Ctrl-B and Ctrl-F to move backwards and forwards through screenfuls of text, because the terminal on which I learned vi didn't *have* Page-Up and Page-Down keys.
I used to use emacs all the time. Loved it. And I had a rough time working with vi. But I got tired of holding down the ctrl key for all the comma nds, so when I adjusted to vi, I rather liked it.
remained with emacs. like the gdb integration.
I like VI, but then again, I am warped by purchasing a Word Perfect knock off back in the 80's. WP was strange enough (but you could be proficient in just a few keystrokes that it made you seem to type like a stenographer).
Heh, well, go back far enough, and you have Word Star. That wasn't a terrible word processing program, but it required a certain imagination, since it wasn't WYSIWYG.
The knock off word processor I used was not my first one. The first one did not have lower case. That was fancy back then :-)
Back to un-video games. Who still plays D&D here, and if you do, is it still fun with the over 40 crowd?
I tried to play D&D with my sister (remotely), but I guess it didn't work out for some reason.
It was still fun. I'd love to do some more... great to use your imagination sometimes, instead of relying upon computer graphics.
editor, very advanced for the time.
Back to un-video games. Who still plays D&D here, and if you do, is
it still fun with the over 40 crowd?
I played D&D in my 30's. It was still fun then. I suspect it would still be fun today but we all got too busy with family schedules to keep the game going.
I have been invited to play (DND), but found that there is invariably something else that I am needing to do as well. Online sounds like fun. Let me know if it ends up working Fleeb. Sounds like something that could be scheduled for later in the evening so one would not need to drive home.
It didn't work out. I'm not sure why... the first few sessions were nice, and did work, but people's schedules changed, and they don't do it anymore.
A shame. I bought my sister a nice microphone for the purpose of doing this , but I guess we aren't doing it anymore.
Crap, I was hoping to hear that it worked out. I guess that is a bit more of an in person game than I thought.
There's software to help with such environments. The software lays out the dungeon area, and allows a DM to manipulate the characters on the board, as well as their stats, and so on. But there's certainly a charm to playing in person that cannot be met remotely.
What it needs is 3-D virtual reality (and not needing to put a silly helmet on). If you can feel like you're actually sitting at a table with the other players, it would be almost like the real thing. (Except you can't pass around the munchies. There was this place in Reading, PA that had awesome spicy fried potato wedges that we always had on hand during gaming night.)
I've never tried going to one of those gaming venues scattered about. I think there's one in Frederick, MD. You know the kind of place... they almost always also sell comics.
Maybe I should consider that. I really enjoy playing RPGs, and a pen-n-paper campaign would be a welcome change from the video games.