Role-playing games

Role-playing video games (RPGs) are games in which you control a character or characters and guide them through a story. Usually the story unfolds through player-made choices and decisions in a detailed world. Character depth and development are usually the genre defining features. Things like story complexity and immersion are other key parts of the role-playing video game genre. With time, technological advancements allowed role-playing genre to come into the light of the mainstream video game audiences. Improved visual presentation increased the ability for developers to create immersive game worlds and bigger audiences allowed game developers to develop triple-A titles, which in turn increased the number of new RPG fans and allowed for bigger genre experimentation. Though every RPG varied in its features, with time the differences became more apparent and the genres essentially split into two distinct styles: computer RPGs and console RPGs. Differences varied from style and gameplay to the different emphasis on story or character development. With time, computer and console RPGs were classified into Western Role-playing games (WRPGs) and Japanese role-playing games (JRPGS), respectively. RPGs spawned different types of sub-genres varying from small single player and procedurally generated level and insta-death based rogue-likes to massive multi-player, meta-character progression and itemisation-based RPGs (MMORPGS).


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