One of the most influential early computer games I played was not a fancy console game, not a intense graphical game, in fact there were no graphics at all. The game was called, "Zork". It was early in the Text Based Adventure Games. You had to draw maps, or buy them, otherwise you would have been lost. Going North, you might not be able to go South and return to the same spot. It also encouraged me to read, which lead me into the adventure of reading too.
It all started with:
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.