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In About Gaming we will talk about all things gaming-related, topics can be anything from “Multiplayer” to “Psychology in Gaming” everything can happen.
About Gaming will probably appear once a week, and I hope you have a great time… now onto our great Topic for today:
THE EVOLUTION OF THE GAME GENRE!
Okay, for this we have to go WAY back, back into the time to the really old stuff…. back to 1972 to the Magnavox Odyssey!
The Magnavox Odyssey was one of the first consoles to ever hit the market there was one before… but that one can hardly be called a game console
The Magnavox Odyssey came out in 1972 and was a very basic gaming console, it had special cards that could be stuck in the card to play games.
There were really no genre with this one, most stuff was really simple with a few colors, lines and dots.
Example of a Magnavox Game
But how did this become the Game of Today? The epic RPG? The big AAA Shooter?
Thats not really a easy question to answer because many factors play a role in this evolution.
- Pop-Culture: What is “In” and what seems to go good with the Kids? Do they want to shoot stuff or jump on blocks to reach a higher point?
- Tech: How powerful are our Console/PC’s? The more powerful our Hardware is, the more the Developers will be challenged to create new ideas
- Innovation: What dare the Developers? What will they put out for the masses, and will it catch fire to evolve?
And most of the times, a single company had partaken in a singular event that changed everything in the Gaming Industry. I will take the RPG as my example for this article to describe the way a genre has to go to evolve.
- 1981: Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is released on Apple II by Andrew Greenberg und Robert Woodhead
THIS was the singular event for one of the most important genre directions today. The RPG.
And it worked the way it should, the seed was sown and (for that time) many people bought it, peeking the interest of companies that were interested to invest and expand into a new thing.
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord was such a success for the developers that in the year 1982 the sequel, Wizardry 2: The Knight of Diamonds was made, selling even more!
So the groundwork for more RPGs was created and multiple other companies started their own developments for the new thing, a genre was born.
Another singular event in the history of RPG happened:
- Diablo was released by Blizzard North in 1996 in the US and Japan and one year later in the EU.
This game singlehandedly created a HYPE for the Genre of Action RPG which was until that time a nichê genre that already existed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
A few examples: Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore and Terranigma had significant similiarities to Action RPG’s in many ways.
This made Action RPG a option in mainstream game development and put the genre in the spotlight.
Many similiar games were made afterwards, varying in combat systems (Vagrant Story,2000) or being more story driven (Neverwinter Nights, 2002).
The next step is…. multiplayer! Well, this has bad and good sides, the next singular event cannot be doubted but may be not necessarily good for everyone.
- World of Warcraft, 2004 (again by Blizzard… seems like a coincidence? wink wink)
This game singlehandedly gave the RPG Genre a rejuvenation and brought the MMORPG to the forefront of the masses…
The game literally exploded into such a success that many people still play this game to this day, and it still has a pay-per-month model which is nearly impossible to do in 2014 and World of Warcraft is still doing fine.
This spawned the great wave of MMORPG’s which flooded the market and still to this day many people try their hands in the MMORPG-Genre.
Of course most of these died shortly after, but there is always that in a Industry, some will be successful (Guild Wars, World of Warcraft and Everquest for example) and some will just die out…
So, that is how the RPG Genre evolved, from pixelated graphics to a giant like World of Warcraft, which is worldwide successful and paved the way of the RPG into our culture.
Thanks for reading, I don’t exactly know if there will be a About Gaming next week cause I am mid-preparation for my tests to complete my scholarship as IT Programmer, but I will try my best.
Have a nice week! redscores is out… for now.
NOTE: Sorry, I tried to put in some screenshots of the games, can’t seem to get them to work.