Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) are a sub-genre of role-playing video games focused on player interaction in a virtual world. Unlike traditional stand-alone RPG games, the majority of the player’s in-game experience is not with Non-Player Characters (NPCs) controlled by the game itself but with characters controlled by other players who are connected to the game via the internet.
The MMORPG genre can directly trace its roots back to Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs)–text-based games that shared many of the principle components of MMORPGs including large virtual worlds, human-controlled characters, role playing, quest systems, and more. Although the early 1990s were dotted graphic-based online RPGs the genre didn’t enjoy widespread success until the 1997 introduction of Ultimate Online. Since then the genre has continued to grow and current generation MMORPGs like World of Warcraft boast tens of millions of players.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 01/7/13