Perhaps you have heard of the term: “MMORPG” (massive multiplayer online role playing game). Just a few years ago hardly anyone even had a clue what this term meant, but nowadays just about everyone knows what it means. But have you ever wondered just how these games work, or what exactly to expect from them? It is something that you almost have to see to believe, but we will still go over most of the main elements of the MMORPG computer games.
Basically, in a nutshell, a MMORPG is just an online game that takes place in a digital fantasy world, which is almost always takes place in medieval times. When you enter this fantasy world (also known as a computer server, to be technical) you will see many other players that you can talk to and interact with. They generally appear as medieval characters made up of many different races, or even monsters, such as orcs, elves, and so on (especially in the extremely popular MMORPG known as “World of Warcraft”).
While most of the MMORPG’s have many, many different types of tasks that you can do, or different types of monsters that you can fight, the core element of these games usually consists of completing quests (or missions), which generally end up giving you some sort of item or new skill that will strengthen your character. You will often run into many monsters that you will need to kill in order to make your way through the question. When you kill monsters in a MMORPG they give you what is known as “experience points”, which will help you character to become more powerful (also known as “leveling up”).
When you character levels up, they will start to do more damage, and land blows on enemies with greater success, and their defensive capabilities will usually increase as well. Also, on top of making your character stronger, you will also find more powerful equipment to use when you kill more and more monsters as you progress through the game. The types of equipment that you use is basically the same types of things that you would see in just about any medieval movie that you have ever watched; the equipment usually consists of swords, knives, clubs, axes, body armor, helmets, boots, gauntlets, and so on. However, you can usually find magical equipment as well, some of which may even cast spells.
Many of the MMORPG’s out there are basically a never ending Saga, and you can literally spend days, if not MONTHS playing the game, and never reach the maximum potential that you character is capable of. Also, most MMORPG’s also have more and more content added each month through updates, which generally adds additional quests, equipment, and even new areas to explore. So with all of that said and done, you should now easily understand how so many people get addicted to these games, and sometimes play them for days on end with little to no sleep. So hopefully you don’t fall into this trap some day too; you have been warned!