Game Development Reference
In-Depth Information
Chapter 1
Massively Multiplayer
Online Games
You may have heard the term MMO or MMORPG used in gaming magazines or
on the Internet. MMO is the abbreviation of Massively Multiplayer Online,
whereas MMORPG is that of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.
These are games that are played over the Internet with other players, sometimes
hundreds or even thousands of players working together (or against each other)
in the same world (realm).
In this topic, you will learn how to make your very own MMO game using
Realm Crafter from www.realmcrafter.com. By the end of the topic, you will be
able to make your own exciting MMO games.
This chapter takes a look at the brief history of MMOs and the major events or
technologies that have brought us to where we are today.
The Beginning of MMOs
The very first computer games were created on expensive computer systems
called mainframes; the majority of these early games were made in universities
as programming projects. This was before the home computer revolution took
place. These mainframe systems were used to take information and generate
results and were perfect for generating statistical information. Unfortunately
they had very limited graphical output unlike today
'
s computers and in many
cases they would only display text-based characters.
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