I once thought that browser based MMORPG genre begins and ends with the popular World of Warcraft. But, wait a moment, I have one of the recent revelations about the history and evolution of role playing games.

Although it is true that World of Warcraft is one of the few online games that have been built, played, and enjoyed ever since first computers come in being over five decades ago. Indeed, there has been a significant overlap between those people who enjoyed coding and/or playing with the modern technology, and those who dedicated much of their time in the basement to tabletop role-playing games like Warhammer, Dragons, and Dungeons.

Despite the fact that online games have achieved a substantial success in the recent years, it is true that a good number of gamers are not aware of how long the genre has been in the market prior to this massive explosion of popularity. Often denoted as MMORPG’s, or just Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, are online worlds that have been around for nearly as long as the internet itself.


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First graphical virtual world


As stated, online games has been in existent from the time internet came burst across the world, but the very first graphical virtual world ever created on computer is believed to be an online game called Maze War, which was released in the mid-1970s. Despite the fact that many people at that time disputed its status, there was no doubt that Maze War has yielded a profound impact on role playing games. It featured the first-person shooters, which is one of the most popular genre we enjoy now. The Maze War has very little spectacular features, but to honest, it marked the beginner of the popular 3D online games commonly available in MMORPG.

Despite Maze War’s relative popularity, it was not until early 1980s when RPGs begun to have an incline commercial success. In fact, it was at this juncture when we first come to know of another famous online video game developer called Richard Gariott, who will be remembered for adding the word ‘massive’ into the mix. Now you know how we arrived at the name Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. One thing that is wort noting is that most of the early MMORPGs were basically text-based and its audience limited to dedicated enthusiasts and computer lab students. However, in the mid-1990s, NSFNET restrictions were lifted, which gave MMORPGs a significant access to a million audiences.


Maze War game


Typically, the modern MMORPGs you and I know today began in 1995 with the release of Meridian 59. It was the first massively multiplayer online games featuring classical sword and sorcery run with a flat-rate monthly subscription coming with first 3-D graphics. However, it was not fully published until late 1996, which made many players consider Nexus (The kingdom of the winds) to be actual first ever installment in the history of MMORPGs.

Indeed, this online playing game is still popular to date, and it boasts of over three million online global subscribers.
Now that that I have brought you to be at phase as far as history of MMORPGs is concerned, it is now the time to get into the genre and select one of your favorite games and unwind it to the fullest.