• jerkface
    29 days ago

    Dang, wrong Captain Blood. There is something significant to be learned from that game. The symbolic language you use to communicate with other characters is a very simple language and it isn’t interesting in itself, but what does interest me is how quickly some players become “fluent” in the language. When characters speak, each word has a glyph that the player can learn to sight read without looking it up, but each word also has a pronunciation, and very quickly some players don’t even need to read the glyphs. The feeling of realizing you can conversationally understand what this weird alien is saying to you in an alien language is pretty wonderful! I think there is a potential here for some very powerful educational tools.