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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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By: Crispin O'Toole-Bateman
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
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
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
Point and click adventure games are a mainstay of the RPG genre. In part 6, Crispin delves into their origins.
04 Jun, 2021
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
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
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
In part 2, Crispin looks at how RPGs begin to transition from the table-top to the computer screen.
29 Jan, 2021
Part 1 of UGP's Growing Up On RPGs series—Dungeons & Dragons and where it all began.
15 Dec, 2020