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In Pictures: A History Of Computer RPGs

In Pictures: A History Of Computer RPGs
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30+ Years Of Computer RPGs

Computer role-playing games have been with us for almost as long as computers themselves. Today, we take a look at their history to see how they have progressed from the very first examples more than thirty years ago to the modern games we play today. On the left, we find ourselves in the exact same situation in 1981 (Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord) and 2011 (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim): being attacked by an Orc!

We have tried to include games that made a big contribution to the development of the genre. Sadly, our original list included more than 30 games, so we had to make some hard choices, and not everybody's favorite will be on the list. This should not keep you from reminiscing about all the games you have spent many hours of your life on in the comments, though!

Pictures courtesy of MobyGames.com and Bethesda Softworks.

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