Online Role Playing Games Introduction

A wide range of games comprises the Computer Role Playing Games (RPG). These are types of games where you are tasked to build a hero or character. As the game advances, the character then acquires experience which he or she will use to become more powerful and obtain new abilities.

A broad genre under the video games category is electronic role playing games. These games originally came from the traditional role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. These utilize both the game mechanics and the settings found in such games.

Online Role Playing Games are RPGs that allows players to interact with each other in a virtual world. These interactions may be played either as a single or multiplayer game. Other features of online role playing games are similar to computer RPGs.


These types of games revolve on making or choosing around one or more avatars and building its characteristics and experience as the game progresses. These characteristics then represents the skills of the gamer himself and how he or she determine game outcomes. Traditionally, a status screen is displayed to represent the player's attributes. It makes use of numeric values rather than meters, bars and other simpler abstract graphical representation video games in general utilizes.


Another special feature of role playing games is its fictional high-fantasy setting. Usually, these are derived from science fiction themes or space opera. There are only a few that take place in modern or historical settings. However, games such as Bloodlines ("gothic punk"), Arcanum (steampunk), Darklands (a combination of medieval German legend and history), Fallout (post-apocalyptic), and Mount and Blade (Medieval Europe with no magic or fantasy) are exceptions to these trends.


A group of characters or a party, usually different players, join forces to accomplish a "quest" or a mission. Challenges and enemies, usually inspired by science fiction, classical mythology, and more commonly, fantasy fictions, are faced by the adventurers along the way.

Examples of challenges are defeating the evil boss, rescuing a princess, or clearing a dungeon of monsters. To know and receive his quest, the player might find it necessary to talk to an NPC. Missions may also include item fetch quests, locational puzzles (such as opening locked doors by means of a hidden lever or a key), or engaging in dialogues.

A number of games are made up of smaller quests in a predetermined sequence and are played as a linear narrative. However, games such as Fallout, contain nonlinear gameplay and multiple quest solutions through multiple endings and branching plots. How the quests are approach varies on different character builds. Methods such as violence, bribery, subterfuge, or diplomacy may be used depending on the character divergent of its skill.


It is difficult to affirm definitely where this genre will be headed because of it rapid development and the different numerous titles within the genre. However, developments have been made. One of these improvements is the "raid", or the raid group quest. Large groups of players (twenty or more) are able to participate in the "raid".

Another online role playing game improvement is the use of instance dungeons which keep the group isolated from the rest of the game world. This reduces the amount of data that is sent to and from the servers, thus decrease lag. It also lessens competition. Instance dungeons can be found on World of Warcraft "raids" as well as all of the Guild Wars combat area.