role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which each participant assumes the role of a character, generally in a fantasy or science fiction setting that can interact within the game’s imaginary world. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, structured decision-making, or character development.

The first commercially available role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), was published in 1974 by Gygax’s TSR. TSR marketed the game as a niche product. Gygax expected to sell about 50,000 copies. After establishing itself in boutique stores, it developed a cult following among college students and science fiction fandom.

The earliest RPG designed for console gaming was Dragonstomper for the Atari 2600 in 1982. The game laid the foundation for the tactical role-playing game genre, or “simulation RPG” as it is known in Japan. It was also an early example of a real-time, action role-play-ing game.

 

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Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game community. He is currently writing for Old School Gamer Magazine, RetroGaming Times and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the past 11 Years. Todd is an avid video game collector with over 3550 console games and 35 systems. He holds over 60 world records on the Nintendo Wii game DJ Hero. Todd is also the ChairPerson of the Nomination Commitee for the International Video Game Hall of Fame.