Our gamer vocabulary acronym for today is “RPG”. RPG stands for role-playing game.
A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development.
The draw of an RPG is the control the player has over the character and story. Depending on the game, he/she may be able to customize everything from character type to facial features. He/she can some times effect the direction the story takes through decisions throughout the game.
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RPGs come in many different shapes and sizes. Here is a list of some recent ones.
- Mass Effect – The Mass Effect series is a huge RPG set in space. The story spans all 3 games. It features a dialogue system that allows the player to respond to characters in different ways. The choices the player makes in the conversations affects everything from the way others perceive him/her to the way the story plays out.
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Skyrim is an open-world RPG. There is a main storyline but the player can choose to ignore it and explore the world.
- Torchlight 2 – Torchlight 2 is an action RPG. An action RPG is distinct in that it, “incorporate elements of action or action-adventure games, emphasizing real-time action where the player has direct control over characters, instead of turn-based or menu-based combat.” (Wikipedia)
- Borderlands 2 – Borderlands 2 is an FPS RPG. It incorporates RPG elements such as character customization into a first-person shooter.
For more information on RPGs, check out the role-playing video game Wikipedia page.