A massive multiplayer online game or MMO in short, is a video game connected to a server having the capacity to support thousands of players at one time.
This server is connected to the internet, so that players can join in on a dedicated server to play in a single massive virtual world map. These MMO’s are not only played on PC’s but also on consoles including Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP and even the Wii.
The online gaming trend has found its way on the smartphones as well with the iPhone and Android based devices supporting multiple players at one time.
These MMO games allow players to play a certain game on a single map. Usually, there are two sides, which can be chosen by the player at will. There are of course a number of types of online games; first person shooters and RPG (role playing games) being the most popular.
Types of MMO games
- MMORPG’s (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games)
The most popular type of massive multiplayer online games fall in the category of MMORPG’s (Massive multiplayer online role playing games), which include games like World of Warcraft, Anarchy Online, Star Wars Galaxies, The Matrix Online, Ultima online, and Everquest.
The World of Warcraft franchise is significantly the most popular among the MMORPG’s, with more than 60 percent of the player base, and around 12 million monthly subscribers worldwide.
- Online First Person Shooters (MMOFPS)
MMOFPS or Massive Multiplayer Online Free Person Shooter games consist of a single large sized virtual map and a number of online players playing in the first person mode. Mostly, these games are combat based games with popular titles like Call of Duty, MOHA, and Battlefield.
These games emphasize on player’s skills and reactions to be successful. Call of Duty franchise is by far the most popular and highest selling game of all time, mostly thanks to its online playing ability.
Other types of MMO games include real time strategy, turn based strategy, simulations, sports and racing genres.
Top 5 Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) Game Developers
The following list is of those people who are the best at what they do; which is to create surreal online gaming experience for players. Their level of influence in the world of online gaming makes them experts in their fields. Here are the top 5 most influential people in MMO games.
- J. Todd Coleman
Mr. Coleman is a computer game designer who has personally directed many MMORPG’s. Most notably, he’s known for ‘ShadowBane’ and ‘Wizard 101’, which were released in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He founded a video game studio, ‘Wolfpack studios’ which was later bought by Ubi Soft Entertainment.
He currently is employed at KingsIsle Entertainment. In 2011, he was named as the #1 most influential guy in the MMORPG industry.
- Alex Afrasiabi
Alex Afrasiabi (or better known as Furor in the online community) is an Iranian American, who’s currently an employee at Blizzard Entertainment. He is the Lead World Designer for the popular online game World of Warcraft.
Alex is an avid gamer, and he actually was once the leader of the very popular guild in Everquest, called the ‘Fires of Heaven’. He still takes time to play games, mostly in World of Warcraft.
- Lars Buttler
Lars Buttler is a PhD in Engineering and MBA. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Trion Worlds, which is a publishing and developing company of video games. He was behind the launch of the company’s first online game titled ‘RIFT’ in March 2011, which achieved widespread success and acclaim.
Before Trion Worlds, he was the Vice president for Global Online at ‘Electronic Arts’ (EA), with a hand in pioneering its Ultima Online game franchise.
- Gabe Newell
Gabe ‘Logan’ Newell is the cofounder and MD at ‘Valve Corporation’, a video game development company. He dropped out of Harvard University, and spent the next thirteen years working at Microsoft. He had input in the first three releases of Windows.
In 1996, he left Microsoft with his friend Mike Harrington, to invest their money in a new video game developing company called Valve. Their first creation was the groundbreaking first person shooter, Half-Life.
- Mark Gerhard
Right after his appointment as CEO in 2009, he released a major update called ‘The Future of Runescape’. He is an avid gamer and is very active on ‘Runescape’.
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