The Different Faces of RPGs

By November 12, 2014virtual reality

updated April 14, 2017

MUThe gaming world is as vast as it gets when it comes to variety and preferences. One particular area having seen serious growth over the past few years is in roll playing games. There are plenty of role playing games (RPG) in the gaming world and some are so popular they even have their own cult following, such as Diablo and Torchlight. Video Game Design Company Zero8 Studios has a proven track record of creating one of a kind, engaging video game designs that have high ROI.
True Torchlight might be what most people think of when they hear RPG, but there are many more kinds. Having evolved since tabletop versions in the 1970’s, namely the extremely popular Dungeons & Dragons, RPGs are now an incredibly diverse with a range of themes and objectives. And they are now most popular on an electronic medium.

In the early transition days from table top RPG to more electronic versions, born was America’s fascination with video games. From Atari to NES to Sega Genesis home gaming consoles, America’s fascination with video games was explosive from the mid-seventies through the eighties and nineties. From here single player games using RPG-style mechanics, and multiplayer games incorporating social interaction took the lead in popularity.

Single player role-playing video games computer and console games provide visual representation of its own interactive ‘world.’ At the same time, Single player role-playing video games emphasize statistical character development over interactive storytelling. These however leave an entire new subcategory of multiuser games (MU).

Multiuser games are among the most popular options on the market today, such as Borderlands. Once restricted to only participation on their computers, users can now even stream their game directly to their game consoles. You can even directly interact with other players in the game- participants from all over the world.
Also known as massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs), multiuser dimensions (MUDs) and multiuser hallucinations (MUSHes), MUs typically include sports genres, fighting games and strategy games. MMORPGs such as Diablo combine the large-scale social interaction and persistent world of MUDs with graphic interfaces. View our video game character design portfolio here.

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