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Role-playing video game

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Role-playing video games are a video game genre. They are the electronic version of tabletop role-playing games. The first titles in the genre date back to 1975. Most role-playing video games have a fantasy theme, but some do not, such as Fallout, which is set in a vast post-apocalyptic wasteland in the United States.

Subgenres[change | change source]

Massively Multiplayer Online[change | change source]

MMORPGs (Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), are computer games where many players meet online in one large game world, and go on quests together. Some examples of these games are World of Warcraft, Everquest, or Runescape.

Text-Based[change | change source]

Text Based RPGs are not too different from Traditional RPGs, generally based on the Dungeons and Dragons game. However some Text Based RPGs are not for combat, but are for socializing and meeting others. With many Text Based RPGs you need a client, a program to send what you say to the server, which can be located in another country. Many clients are basic and display text in one colour, but there are others that use colours, enhancing the readability of the contents.

Action RPG[change | change source]

Action RPGs are a subgenre that mix action game elements with this genre.

Roguelike[change | change source]

"Roguelike" is a term for games that use the primary mechanics from the 1980 video game Rogue. The mechanics in question are procedural generation and permadeath.