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Friday, January 5, 2007
CRPGs, A History Of The Early Years
7:12 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Armchair Arcade recently posted an article which delves into the dungeon depths of gaming history to examine the beginnings of the role playing game genre on personal computers. Starting with its pen and paper predecessors the article advances through early efforts on mainframe computers to later releases like Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness and Wizardry.

Although thousands of people may have had their first CRPG experience on a mainframe, most of us would kill our first digital dragon on a personal computer. Although exact dates are hard to come by, we can say that as early as 1979, at least two commercially-published CRPGs were available for home computers. One of these was developed by a high schooler named Richard Garriott, who was sufficiently enamored with D&D to call himself "Lord British." Garriot's game, Akalabeth: World of Doom, featured wire-frame graphics in first-person perspective (other parts offer top-down perspective), and was, in many ways, far ahead of its time. Akalabeth was only available for the Apple II, and some controversy exists over whether it was first published in 1979 or a year later. Garriott insists that it was released in 1979, although the first disks and cassettes had  copyright 1980 on their label
Future articles will explore more of the history of RPGs. Click on the link below to read more.

The History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part I: The Early Years (1980-1983)

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