What is it?
MMORPG stands for massive multiplayer online role playing game, meaning that many computer users are taking part in the same internet game at the same time. As a role playing game (RPG), a game member can choose to play a character, such as a warrior or a spy within a fantasy world, and interact with the other members in an online community.
World of Warcraft, Starcraft, EverQuest, SIMS and Guild Wars are examples of MMORPGs and have millions of users from children to adults, males and females, world-wide. The MMORPG gaming industry is worth billions of dollars to the creators of these games.
How does it work?
Creators of MMORPGs design games centring around a fantasy world with characters, rules, goals and often a virtual economy where players can buy and sell items for virtual money.
Why is it useful?
Online RPGs can be fun and challenging, and their popularity has led to an explosion of new careers and jobs to create, administer and market these technically complex games.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and MMORPGs?
Most MMORPGs cost money to play and their membership fees are usually paid monthly to continue playing. Also, some parents have become concerned that their child is spending too much time on MMORPGs and not in other activities, like face to face friendships, sport, homework and family time.
Some players, both children and adults, have become addicted to playing MMORPGs and can spend hours at a time online and have had to seek professional help.