MMORPG stands for Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Roleplay(ing) Game. An MMORPG simply refers to a computer game that has hundreds, sometimes thousands, or even millions of players from all over the globe.
Most MMORPGs allow players to play the role of their own characters and navigate a world or realm to accomplish quests or tasks. These worlds are usually persistent and hosted on a permanent server. Players can take actions that have an impact on the realm of the world, making it interactive even when the player isn’t playing the game. This is called “real-time”, and it is how MMORPGs mimic the real world. One instance of World of Warcraft saw a spell that slowly decreased the player’s health and was then spread from one player to another. As players fled to their homes, the disease spread quickly and eventually became an epidemic. The community was stunned at how similar the behavior in the game was too real life.
Many MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or Guildwars are based on mythology and fantasy, including magic and spells. Some are set in space and require you to command your own spacecraft or planet. Some even have a basis in the real world. You may even be able to visit your home from Google Maps! Google maps have made it possible to create an MMORPG that closely resembles the real world.
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Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs) were the first MMORPGs. These programs are often text-based and allow players to interact with their characters, the world, and other players using commands. There are 2D and 3D versions of MUDs, as well as graphical versions. Browser-based MMORPGs like RuneScape are similar to MUDs. They can be played in the browser; these pages can contain simple text or complex 3D renderings. They offer similar functionality as more advanced MMORPGs and are often free.
While MMORPGs were not commonplace a few years back, they are now prevalent for gamers. MMORPGs earned over half a trillion dollars worldwide. Western revenues were more than one billion dollars.
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