History of massively multiplayer online role-playing games MMORPG is a term coined by Richard Garriott to refer to massive multiplayer online role-playing games and their social communities.
Another milestone came in as NSFNET restrictions were lifted, opening the Internet up for game developers, which allowed for the first truly "massively"-scoped titles. The Kingdom of the Winds in South Korea. The financial success of these early titles has ensured competition in the genre since that time.
Blood Feud , and Atlantica Online. Also, there are some free-to-play games, such as RuneScape and Tibia , where the game is free, but one would have to pay monthly to play the game with more features. Guild Wars and its sequel avoid some degree of competition with other MMORPGs by only requiring the initial purchase of the game to play. As with other modern 3D games, the front-end requires expertise with implementing 3D engines , real-time shader techniques and physics simulation.
The actual visual content areas, creatures, characters, weapons, spaceships and so forth is developed by artists who typically begin with two-dimensional concept art, and later convert these concepts into animated 3D scenes, models and texture maps. The server must be able to handle and verify a large number of connections, prevent cheating , and apply changes bug fixes or added content to the game.
A system for recording the games data at regular intervals, without stopping the game, is also important. Insufficient resources for maintenance lead to lag and frustration for the players, and can severely damage the reputation of a game, especially at launch.
Care must also be taken to ensure that player population remains at an acceptable level by adding or removing servers. Peer-to-peer MMORPGs could theoretically work cheaply and efficiently in regulating server load, but practical issues such as asymmetrical network bandwidth, CPU-hungry rendering engines, unreliability of individual nodes, and inherent lack of security opening fertile new grounds for cheating can make them a difficult proposition.
The hosted infrastructure for a commercial-grade MMORPG requires the deployment of hundreds or even thousands of servers. Developing an affordable infrastructure for an online game requires developers to scale large numbers of players with less hardware and network investment. As shown above, the average MMORPG development project requires enormous investments of time and money, and running the game can be a long-term commitment.
As a result, non-corporate or independent, or " indie " development of MMORPGs is less common compared to other genres. Still, many independent MMORPGs do exist, representing a wide spectrum of genres, gameplay types, and revenue systems. Some independent MMORPG projects are completely open source , while others feature proprietary content made with an open-source game engine.
The WorldForge project has been active since and formed a community of independent developers who are working on creating framework for a number of open-source MMORPGs. Still, there are a few obvious developments. One of these developments is the raid group quest, or "raid",  which is an adventure designed for large groups of players often twenty or more.
Instance dungeons[ edit ] Instance dungeons , sometimes shortened to "instances", are game areas that are "copied" for individual players or groups, which keeps those in the instance separated from the rest of the game world. This reduces competition, and also reducing the amount of data that needs to be sent to and from the server, reducing lag.
Since then, instancing has become increasingly common. The "raids", as mentioned above, often involve instance dungeons. Increased amounts of " player-created content " is another trend.
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