usually ASCII was used because it was easier. This was back when most pcs couldnt do graphics. For me its pretty much easier to go graphical since opengl is....well...an open standard that runs everywhere.
The original benefit to the ASCII is ofcourse that you can run it in a console, I have to build a Win32 window instead so im currently limited to Windows environments.
Ahh well, I can worry about all that later I guess and just implement what seems most fun.
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