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Wednesday, January 5

Book Review: MMORPGS NEED TO RESPECT THEIR ELDERS

I got to thinking about MUDs and why the aforementioned issues are still prevalent in today’s MMORPGs after reading The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, which is authored by my brother, Michael Tresca. Having just read the book cover to cover this past weekend, I can personally attest to the fact that Michael has researched and put together a comprehensive analysis of RPG industry. To say he’s an expert on the subject would be an understatement. Having played the tabletop version of Dungeons and Dragons since he was eight years old, and then almost every PC and console Fantasy game on computer, console and arcade platforms, Michael does a fantastic job of chronicling how Fantasy role playing games have transformed into the games we play today. The book also covers the psychology of why players choose particular character classes and how changing forms of communication have impacted the evolution of the adventuring party. We learn a bit of history in how J.R.R. Tolkien and Gary Gygax among others forged the Fantasy genre and what influences of the time inspired them to do so. The book also explores, compares and contrast the difference between MUDs and MMORPGs. In fact any budding RPG game developer would do well to keep this book in their library as a reference. You can purchase the book at Amazon.com from this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=078645895X

Read more at my brother's web site, Eyeballistic.

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posted by Michael Tresca at 1:10 PM


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