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A History Of Computer Role Playing Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

1UP.com has published a new article tracing the history of computer role playing games. Starting first with Gary Gygax's pen and paper Dungeons & Dragons game, the article then delves into the computerized dungeon era to follow the path of the genre from early successes like Ultima to current hits like the Neverwinter Nights series.

It would take years for a stand-alone, nonmainframe RPG to appear. That happened in 1980, when 19-year-old Richard Garriott released Akalabeth.

Programmed for the Apple II, Akalabeth was a technological innovation: With its Spartan wire-frame visuals, it was the first true graphical RPG. Its story, however, was still rudimentary: The user played Lord British's exterminator, ridding dungeons of a dead wizard's evil monsters.

Akalabeth sold tens of thousands of copies -- an astronomical number at the time -- and Garriott followed up that success with Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness.
Head over to the site below to read the full article.

1UP.com: Chasing D&D, A History Of PC RPGs


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