Role Playing Games
Players or participants of Role Laying Games assume the role of different fictional characters, more popularly known as avatars, and try to make these characters victorious with each challenge it faces.
These avatars can be customized and built according to the preferences of the player. They may determine
where their character may excel. However, as the game progresses, the character may built up more strength
and powers or otherwise.
Online role playing games also have guidelines and a formal system of rules and mechanics that needs to be
met. Working around these rules, participants can shape the outcome and direction of their games.
It was in the mid 1970s when it all started. Online role playing games was developed from its traditional
counterparts (computer role playing games and video games). In this year, the earliest multi user games
started to appear. In 1980, Rogue, a very famous dungeon crawler was released. It was quite different
back then because monsters, items, and settings were represented by letters. Form then, development of a
new genre of similar clones.
One of the most influential games among all online role playing games is Dungeons and Dragons. It has a
big effect in the development of online RPGs. The success of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest console
games divided the genre of role playing games into two: the console role playing games and the computer
role playing games. Cultural differences are the reason behind this classification. Game consoles are
produced primarily for personal computers in Japan and role playing games in the Western World.
When it was introduced, Online Role Playing Games began as single player games. However the arrival of
the internet and the virtual world made developments in online role playing games. After that, players from
all over the world began to enjoy the games in this genre. They were able to participate in multiplayer
games with players from all parts of the globe.
These games have grown to be an online gamer sensation that RPG companies discover ways to make it better. These improvements led multiplayer gaming into massively multiplayer online role playing games
(MMORPGs) that continued to make online gaming more popular each year.
These games are centered on stories which are more often than not, adventure and fictional in type. There
are also centered on fantasy and mythological genres. Players have to reach a certain goal or complete a
mission in order to advance further into the game. These missions and challenges are often called “quests”.
Some of these involve chasing off dragons, fighting evil wizards and masters, and saving damsels in distress. The outcomes of these games are dependent on the characters strengths, characteristic, and skills.
Little More About the Avatars
As stated, players have the power to customize their characters according to their preferences. However,
the improvement of there characters are highly dependent on the course of the game. Enhancing their
character’s skills, attributes, equipment, and special abilities are important so as to achieve the goal of
the game. Improvements and achievements are often given as rewards for accomplishing their quests and overcoming obstacles. In short, these rewards have to be earned.
Among the online role playing games, Diablo was the first to come up with multiplayer options. Multiplayer
modes became popularity during the mid1990s. Then after, they became massively multiplayer online role
playing games (MMORPGs) because of its popularity.