Thursday, October 22, 2009

10 things about MMORPG

Well, I'm huge fan of this genre, that's why I created this, small post about Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games.

1. Player’s task is to evolve his character (avatar) and travel all virtual fantasy world. Of course player don’t have to do it, because there are no strict story line.

2. Although MMORPGs, have only existed since the early 1990s, all these games can trace a lineage back to the earliest multi-user games which started appearing in the late 1970s. So around 40 years ago!

3. Top popular free-to-play MMORPG, is Maple Story, created by Nexon. Only in Asia, it has around 33 millions of players, to huge number over 50 millions worldwide!

4. You should know that game addictions are currently the fastest growing class of addictions, with MMORPG addictions being the most common! So watch out for you health during you game sessions.

5. There are 3 archetypes of classes in MMORPG. Tank, DPS (Damage-per-Second), Healer, each class has weak and strong points.

6. The first console-based MMORPG was Final Fantasy XI for the Sony PlayStation 2. Game is still available and has around 500,000 subscribers, mostly in Japan, where is nr 1 MMORPG.

7. Many MMORPGs feature living economies. All virtual items and currency have to be gained through play and have definite value for players. Sometimes items are worth around few thousand dollars!

8. Since the interactions between MMORPG gamers are real, psychologists and sociologists are able to use MMORPGs as tools for academic research. Prof. Bonnie Nardi of the University of California Irvine is working on science project about this issue: “Why American players go to greater lengths to mod the popular MMO than do Chinese World of Warcraft players”.

9. Idea of MMORPG, is to play with other gamers online, so remember to play with others! You are not alone!

10. Most popular pay-for-play game is World of Warcraft, developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It has over 11 millions of player worldwide! Even so these games are far more less popular then Free MMORPGs.