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Jumpin said:

While Dragon Quest is often considered the first RPG,

Who the fuck does that? There were tons of video game RPGs before DQ. Dragon Quest released 1986. As I wrote before, the first video game RPGs released the same year as D&D, the game they copied: 1974. Early games were dnd, m199h, pedit5, Dungeon. Games on the Plato-system (which had some advanced capabilities) pushed graphic capabilities for RPGs, namely in moria (which had wireframe 3D dungeons) and avatar. All these games and their inspiration D&D had such an impact, that basically every student with coding abilities tried their own games, by 1980 existed many games, many of them lost now, but back then circulated in the early internet. 1980 released two other highly influental RPGs. In this year released rogue (you may have heard the name in the context of the rogue-like genre) and Akabaleth: World of Doom, which was the predecessor to the Ultima series. Dominating the early 80s were Ultima and Wizardry, and they were indeed more than prototypical, otherwise they wouldn't have been such a success. And yes, Dragon Quest pushed the borders further, but anyone saying it is the first RPG or even close too is really ignoring the rich history of RPGs.

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