Massively Multiplayer Online Games

Definition

Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) are multiplayer videos games which is supported on a massive scale that can sustain hundreds and thousands of online players simultaneously. A prerequisite to play theses games is the requirement of the internet.

History

It was first introduced on the PC format, and later on console formats when new generations of console had the capability of internet connection. Today consoles such as the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP all have the ability to access the internet thus can operate MMO games. Furthermore operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows Mobile are increasing the number of MMO games available in their market for their respective mobile phones and smartphones.

Use

Through the use of MMO games players create an online character of themselves or an avatar. Players can communicate and collaborate with one another and compete against other teams as well as each other. Some gamers even find this as a great way of meeting new people.

The most popular type of MMO games are role-playing games (MMORPG). This is where a player assumes the role of a character or an avatar and takes control of its actions. The most popular of these MMORPGs is World of Warcraft, which on the PC format. This game has over 12million subscribers and counting.

Traditional games which have online multiplayer capabilities, such as the Call of Duty franchise, can only connect a limited number of players in a lobby at one time. However in a MMO game you can have thousands of players in one persistent world. A MMO game has more of an open world than other online multiplayer video games, where you are in a virtual world that is there for you to explore in. When a player is not logged in to a MMO game, the world will still continue for everyone else, though it means that player won’t be in that world until they log back in.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_game
http://askville.amazon.com/MMO-gaming-explain/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=7754803
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft

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