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This week:Edited by: Jian~Ashen
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~ Fantasy Games ~
Fantasy is, if nothing else, an escape from reality. If you read or write fantasy to live vicariously in another world, chances are you might have played some fantasy games.
Paper & Dice Role-playing
Role-playing games (RPGs) had their heyday in the early 80's. A group of friends would gather around the living room on a Saturday night and roll dice into the late hours. With a proper Dungeon Master (the one storyteller who keeps everything on track), friends could have grand adventure rivalling any book.
Dungeons & Dragons
When home PCs became available, the gaming companies took care of Dungeon Master duties. Text adventures broke up many gaming circles, and ten years passed until computer RPGs became networked. By then, they had also become graphical...
Gaming consoles (Sega, Sony, Nintendo, etc.) allowed 1 to 4 players to engage in a single graphical role-playing adventure. When the internet bullied its way onto the scene, players benefited from online game hubs. In these places, they could find willing opponents (or teammates) at all hours. No more working around your friends' schedules.
Legend of Zelda
Console games are largely meant to be played at home, though, with connectivity as an added bonus. There are some hardcore gamers for whom playing against a computer is just no challenge...
Massive Multiplayer gaming
Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPGs) have been sucking the days out of the lives of the young for years now. You download software onto your home computer, then connect through the internet to an online world full of people running around (usually competing to slay the computer-controlled monsters, aka Mobs).
World of Warcraft
MMORPGs are extremely addictive, as you invest a lot of time and personal traits in your online character. Add to that the competitiveness against other human players, and you can find that 10 hours have vanished between bathroom breaks.
Gaming is basically an interactive story being told by the actors as they go along. Don't pass up the chance to use your experiences as ideas for stories.
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Crème de la Gem has a Question for all fantasy lovers. What author, or what book do you recommend to a person who never read a fantasy book?
By all means, readers, please send in your answers. I personally recommend The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist.
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