For those of you who aren’t heavy video gamers, we’re talking about a genre of video games called ‘RPG’s. RPGs, or Role-Playing Games, are where you take a character picked from a set of classes and races and build them through adventure and treasure-hording until you develop the character into an almost godly figure. ‘Winning’ isn’t so much a matter of finishing the goals of the game, as it is in building the strongest character, with bonus satisfaction coming from using your own unique approach.
Famous examples: Blizzard’s ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Diablo’ series, Everquest, Earthbound, and Angband and Nethack for a couple of very old games that started out as text. Further, we have ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, in all of it’s many computer-based and table-top based incarnations.