Friday, February 16, 2007

Runescape Primer

After my son had spent about 6 months on Club Penguin, one of the other kids at school turned him on to RuneScape ... which is still primarily a online role-playing game for kids, but it is definitely for more mature kids than what you'd find on Club Penguin.

My son shows me part of what happens inside RuneScape. (There's a screencast linked with the image above.)

Here are some Runescape "Facts" from Review Centre
  • RuneScape is a MMORPG - a multiplayer online role playing game.
  • 3D online interactive adventure game.
  • Membership costs - $5 per month (or play for free)
  • Runescape was launched in 2001 by Jagex.
  • Anyone can play from a remote location with internet access.
  • The game is the most popular online Java formatted game in the world.
  • Runescape continues to expand its membership with over two million players currently involved on over 130 servers.
  • Runescape is updated and expanded usually on a weekly basis with new features and improved running quality.
  • During peak hours over 100,000 players are online. (157,495 at mid-day on a Friday as I post this)
  • Players are all nationalities and ages.
  • English is the most common tongue in Runescape but there are worlds populated by members of other language backgrounds. Some worlds have more mixed nationalities.
  • Over 50 game worlds.
More later

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