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Old 08-08-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Pretty much in any video game that you play, you are taking on the role of a character of some sort, so technically; every video game is a role playing game, so what is the difference. It seems rather redundant to me..
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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usually involves deep character progression, improving equipment and skills in order to defeat more difficult objectives
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usually involves deep character progression, improving equipment and skills in order to defeat more difficult objectives
So basically RPG console games are todays version of the Dungeon and Dragons dice games from the past.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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The difference is that in Street Fighter you are controlling a character with set abilities, set moves, set appearane etc that's what separates an RPG because it is all customizable and you can play however you want so basically assuming a role and playing it that way. You can't really do that in non-RPG games.

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So basically RPG console games are todays version of the Dungeon and Dragons dice games from the past.
Pretty much. A lot of RPG games and world's come from D&D games from the 70's and 80's that people created, like Baldur's Gate for example.
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I see, there are various intricacies in role playing games that most other genres do not have so your response definitely provided some insight. Thank You.
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I have thought this before.

You're right that even if we were to play Street Fighter we would be role playing
...to an extent I think RPG's try to enhance every aspect so it becomes less of a game
And more of an experience as in that you almost have games inside games
So the title is more broad and not primarily a "Shoot 'Em Up"/"Platform"/"Puzzle" game.
You may do those things in the game itself.
And a sense that "Levels" become more "Quests" or "Missions" or even "Triumphs"
To put a more personal feel to it.
And a sense of growth and learning as mentioned previously.

But I agree, as soon as you play a game with Characters you are role playing
Changing characters in a fighting game just isn't as intense as say playing Zelda
In terms of playing that role.

I guess "Puzzle Games" would be the exception of role playing.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Whers, your reply makes a lot of sense. I surmise that is why so many people get wrapped up in these massively multiplayer online roleplaying games. It is sort of a form of escapism that has been warped. @BRASSKNUCKLED PAI MEI I have even heard of games of Dungeons and Dragons turning violent in real life.
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As long as it have levels, experience points, statistics (strength, defense, luck etc...) weapons stats, armor stats a game can be considered an RPG. Whether is action, adventure or even missions, if it have those element then it's an RPG. As for the name it self definitions changes with the times, but these type of games mainly puts the player with a character on a long story driven Journey, which is why they were called Role Playing in the first place.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:07 PM   #9
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An RPG is a game that involves spending way too much time just walking about doing fuck all Hahaha
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #10
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lol, true! Fallout 3, New Vegas and Skyrim are the only RPG's Ive played but you can literally spend days just messing around with them without even touching the main storyline of the game!
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