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Role playing video games are amongst some of the most popular games on the market today. Commonly referred to as RPGs by those in the know, they allow gamers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
A role playing video game is similar to a real life role playing game. A person plays a game in a fictional setting. The player takes on the role of a character in this fictional setting and then goes about fulfilling the goals of the specific game. Role playing video games are based on the structure of pen and paper role playing games, but of course they have an added visual element. The video versions still have the classic role-play qualities of intricate storylines and involved character development.
The main appeal for many to the world of role-playing games is the quality of immersion. Many gamers like that they can immerse themselves almost completely into another world. Many gamers have developed long lasting friendships with fellow game players; some have even met their spouse via role-playing games that are able to be connected to the internet. For many who are deemed by society as socially awkward, it has opened up a whole new world of socializing where judgment takes a backseat.
The games are mostly set around mythical or science fiction based storylines and involves some sort of quest involving exploration. Dungeons and Dragons is a classic role-playing game on which most of them are based. It is also a game that is loved by many people. Another popular role-playing game today is World of Warcraft.