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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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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 13 – Action RPGs & Where Nimble Fingers Matter

The humble role-playing game has risen from the tabletop imaginings of Dungeons and Dragons fans to a massive industry that dominates the computer game industry. Delightful storylines, immersive plots, sympathetic

07 Oct, 2022



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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 12 – Choose Your Own Adventure

Choices, choices and more choices are at the heart of a great RPG. Part 12 dives into the world of choice & decision-based story.

19 Aug, 2022



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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 11 – Living in a Multiplayer World

Part 11 explores the early days of MMORPGs with Ultima Online forging the way.

28 Jun, 2022



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Growing Up on RPGs: Part 10 – Fighting Demons from the Top Down in Diablo

Released in 1997, Diablo was a game that completely revitalised and re-invented the entire Roguelike experience for millions.

22 Oct, 2021



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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