MMORPG games are the titles in which we play and control fictitious characters who have adventures and with time grow in power – this is the RPG – role-playing games part of the acronym. We also live in the world where we play with many other players online – MMO – massively multiplayer online. The most known game of this genre is World of Warcraft.
The Features of an MMORPG
- It has a storyline and a plot. There are missions to complete called quests, enemies to beat. We can also acquire, buy and sell items, gain experience points and level up our character.
- There’s an economy mechanism base on the exchange trade between the players and NPCs (non-playable characters controlled by the game).
- An ability to join a guild or a society of players.
- Game Masters who watch over the world and the players and sometimes organize special events.
- Game administrators who take care of all the technical aspects.
The Beginnings of MMORPG Games
The First MMORPG was created in 1978 by Richard Bartle and Roy Mercer. It was a text game. The first graphic MMORPG adventure was Neverwinter Nights from 1991, which was created by Cathryn Mataga and Don Daglow.
With the growing popularity of the Internet, the genre flourished. The first MMORPG which had a worldwide reach was Meridian 59 from 1996. Another title was a milestone in the genre was Ultima Online which popularised it. The hit of all time was World of Warcraft which has been immensely popular since 2004 until this day.