In online gaming, an online game is simply a video game which is either largely or completely played via the Internet or some other cyber-system. Popular video games, or massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) are those which involve a large number of players interacting with each other in what may sometimes be compared to a multiplayer shooter (Modern military simulators are one such example) or a free-for-all “Capture the Flag” type game. Another type of massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) is also known as a massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) in which players take on the persona of virtually any character they want and interact with other people within the game’s virtual world. For example, a player may assume the persona of a vampire, a warlord, or a doctor in World of Warcraft (the latter being more common nowadays). This avatar is then able to undertake any number of tasks and live their lives in a way that those who don’t play this type of game would not be able to. Since all interaction in these massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) is entirely digital, the player’s body is never visible to other players.
One of the most common myths about online gaming is that it encourages unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as alcohol and drug abuse. Video games do not encourage such behaviors, but can, in fact, provide a calming, stress relieving influence. Gamers often find themselves avoiding real life stressors such as traffic, long work hours and even public speaking, since they are often required to play a large number of games in a short period of time. The psychological effects of playing a high number of online games in a short space of time can be surprisingly positive for the human mind.
The overwhelming majority of MMORPG players are women, and online gaming is a particularly female-oriented industry. This means that it is often the case that there will be a number of female players active in the game world, which creates an environment that is more comfortable for female gamers than would be found in a less competitive online gaming world. MMORPGs are generally socially acceptable activities, unlike many other forms of online gaming which tend to be hostile and aggressive towards the game content. If you have never played a MMORPG before, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much fun it can be!