Online role playing games can trace its history back
to the 1970s, where the earliest multi user games
started to appear. Rogue, a very famous dungeon
crawler, was released in1980. Monsters, items, and
setting were represented by letters. This in turn,
inspired a whole genre of similar clones.
Dungeons and Dragons have long influenced the
development of role playing games. Console playing
games, such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest,
success divided the genre into two: the console role
playing games and the computer role playing games.
This is because of the cultural differences where game
consoles are produced primarily for personal computers
in Japan and role playing games in the Western World.
Online Role Playing Games started as single player
games when it was first introduced. However, with the
advent of the internet, more and more improvements
were made on role playing games. What started as a
game for one now has all people coming from different
countries playing together in one game. Multiplayer
options have grown remarkably big that game companies
find ways to improve it over and over again. With
these improvements came massively multiplayer online
role playing games (MMORPGs) that continued to make
online gaming more popular each year.
Role playing games are games where the participants or
players assume roles of certain fictional characters
and follow stories as the game process continues.
These characters are usually called avatars and can be
customized according to the players preferences.
Participants determine their characters actions
whether it succeed or it fails. Like any other game,
online role playing games also have guidelines and
formal system of rules and mechanics that has to be
met. Within this rules, the participant can improvise
and shape the outcome and direction of the games.
The games are based around stories which are mostly
adventure and fictional in type. Online role playing
games centers around fantasy and mythological genre
were the participant has to achieve a certain goal to
advance further into the game. These goals are
sometimes called « quests » or mission. They involve
chasing of dragons from the city, saving a damsel in
distress, or fighting evil masters and wizards. How
one wins these fights depends on their characters
strength, characteristics, and skill.
More About the Characters
Players are given options on how they want to improve
their characters performance. They can modify this
through enhancing their characters skills,
attributes, equipment, and special abilities. In most
RPGs, these improvements are offered as rewards for
accomplishing missions and overcoming certain
challenges. These rewards have to be earned.
Unlike traditional video games where health or a
characters attributes are displayed on colored status
bars and meters, online role playing games have a more
complicated way in displaying status levels. Instead
of the simpler abstract graphical representation, they
make use of numeric values which are constantly
updated each time the character scores or takes a hit.
These numerical values are displayed on the status
screen of each player.
Originally, role playing games were offered only a
single player experience. However, with the advent of
the internet, multiplayer modes gained popularity and
rose sharply during the middle of the 1990s. Diablo
was among the first to come up with multiplayer games.
And with that, these multiplayer games became into
massively multiplayer online role playing games
(MMORPGs). Everquest is an example of these.