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Growing Up on RPGs

An eighteen-part series delving into the history of role-playing games, moving through the years from the very early days to some of the top adventures available today.

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Growing Up on RPGs: Part 9 – Final Fantasy: From Niche to Mainstream

Few titles can be classed as genre-defining. Final Fantasy VII is one of those titles. It led the line on making the RPG genre as popular as it is today.

20 Sep, 2021



Growing Up on RPGs – Part 8: Stuck in the MUD

In part 8, MUD & the advent of playing with real people and the beginning of what eventually becomes the Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

14 Aug, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs: Part 7 – A Burst of RPGs

The 90s was an epic decade for game development—none more so than for the RPG genre. Some of the best RPGs ever made came in the first few years of the 1990s.

12 Jul, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs: Part 6 – Pointing and Clicking

Point and click adventure games are a mainstay of the RPG genre. In part 6, Crispin delves into their origins.

04 Jun, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs – Part 5

In part 5 of our Growing up on RPGs series, Crispin explores what was going on in the West while the NES games brought Japanese role-playing ideas to the world.

30 Apr, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs – Part 4

Enter Japan—or, more aptly, the Japanese RPG. Now synonymous with the role-playing game genre, Part 4 of the series explores the birth of the JRPG.

26 Mar, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs – Part 3

RPGs are visually stunning but what about in the 1980s? Part 3 in the series looks at the dawn of graphics in role-playing games.

26 Feb, 2021



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Growing Up on RPGs – Part 2

In part 2, Crispin looks at how RPGs begin to transition from the table-top to the computer screen.

29 Jan, 2021



Growing Up on RPGs – Part 1

Part 1 of UGP's Growing Up On RPGs series—Dungeons & Dragons and where it all began.

15 Dec, 2020