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The Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, or MMORPG is, as the name suggests, a roleplaying game with hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of players all connected through the Internet. Most of these games are "pay-for-play", with gamers registering an account with their copy of the game and buying play time in monthly increments.

The MMORPG has its roots in text-based [[MultiUserDungeon Multi-User Dungeons]] ([=MUDs=]) and [[MultiUserSharedHallucination Multi-User Shared Hallucinations]] ([=MUSH=]es) originating in [[OlderThanTheNES the mists of time]]. Eventually, sprite-based graphics were introduced in 1991 with Don Daglow's ''Neverwinter Nights'' ([[AdaptationDisplacement not to be confused]] with the [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights traditional computer RPG of the same name]] by Bioware). While games like ''Meridian 59'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' kept the genre alive throughout the 90s, it wasn't until 1999 that ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' put the entire genre on the map by introducing a gigantic and deeply fleshed-out fully 3D world for players to explore from a first person or third person perspective. ''[=EverQuest=]'' would pave the way for which a great majority of the games listed below owe their conceptual existence to, though elements of the MMORPG are OlderThanTheyThink, since they can be traced back to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Mumorpugers]] add a social and collaborative element to standard gaming, which obviously alters the experience. It creates the possibility of team-based gameplay elements; as anyone can tell you, playing a soccer video game by yourself, with only the AI as company, is not nearly as fun, spontaneous or challenging as having friends over. Now imagine 40-a-side soccer, 'cuz [=MMOs=] can do that. [=MMORPGs=] provide quests or dungeons which can take dozens of allied adventurers at once (and bosses that ''require'' them), or "[[PlayerVersusPlayer Player vs. Player]]" zones where duels or team matches can take place. The competition between "Guilds" (player-organized adventuring parties) can get heated ([[SeriousBusiness just a little]]), and there's always [[JustOneMoreLevel one more boss to kill or piece of loot to collect]]. Innumerable friendships, both online and in RealLife, have started or been maintained via MMO games. There's even a bit of an industry grown up around it, where people pay real money for in-game objects, currency or even characters; some companies discourage this, while others facilitate it or even make it part of their own economic model by selling such things themselves.

Having said that, you're paying a monthly fee, anywhere from $10 to $15, for this game. The math does line up; if you bought (say) ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' at $50 when it came out and then played it for 50 hours, all you need to do is play your MMO at least 15 hours a month to keep up the same monetary efficiency. And some people find 16 hours a ''week'' to be a slow pace. Nonetheless, the whole ongoing-fee thing does rankle gamers who are just getting into the genre for the first time. While free-to-play [=MMOs=] do exist, they often contain reduced content, or restrict certain features to people who are willing to pay. Furthermore, because an MMO company's livelihood is in those monthly subscriptions, it's in their best interests to make the game as [[FakeLongevity draggingly slow]], [[FakeDifficulty nitpicky]], [[FetchQuest indirect]] or [[LevelGrinding tedious]] as possible. Of course, get ''too'' un-fun and people stop playing, so [=MMOs=] are constantly figuring out ways to give you little achievements that keep you interested (to the point of allegedly employing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinner_box "Skinner Box" operant conditioning techniques]] to keep you playing like a lab rat pressing a lever for a reward). GottaCatchEmAll is a big part of the genre's addictiveness: there's often a wide variety of {{Side Quest}}s the player can choose to achieve, and pursuing them will often bring the player's character all the way up to maximum level. Finally, the team-based aspect of the game can make victory a dicey proposition; depending on the game and the situation, just a single LeeroyJenkins can result in death for all forty of his teammates. In other words, you can lose even if you play perfectly, because ''someone else'' screwed up.

Note that not all massively multi-player games are RolePlayingGames; for instance, ''PlanetSide'' is a Massively Multiplayer FirstPersonShooter, ''VideoGame/AutoAssault'' [[{{Cancellation}} was]] a DrivingGame with RPGElements, ''Drift City'' is what you get when ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' is turned into an MMOG, ''SecondLife'' is a social environment, ''ShatteredGalaxy'' is a RealTimeStrategy with RPG elements, and ''MagicTheGathering Online'' is a straight port of the CollectibleCardGame where the only "Massive Multiplayer Online" part is the lobby where you connect with other players. Massively Multiplayer [=RPG=]s are the most common, so common in fact, [[YouKeepUsingThatWord most people actually don't realize that the first three letters of the term "MMORPG" refer to "Massively Multiplayer Online"]] and that there ''can'' very easily be such a thing as an MMOG that is ''NOT'' an RPG. Nowadays, if you refer to a game as an MMOG, the first thing people will think about is this.

For tropes related to [=MMORPGs=], see: AnAdventurerIsYou, AllegedlyFreeGame, PerpetuallyStatic, {{Altitis}},
FakeLongevity, FakeDifficulty, FakeBalance, FetchQuest (and subtrope TwentyBearAsses), and the ubiquitous LevelGrinding.
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!!Notable games in this genre:

[[index]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TwelveTailsOnline 12 Tails Online]]''
* ''Videogame/{{Aberoth}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}''
* ''VideoGame/AceOnline'' (Also known as ''AirRivals'')
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/{{Aetolia}}''
* ''VideoGame/AfterProtocol'' (MMORTS)
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan''
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfGunslingersOnline''
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfTime''
* ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}: The Tower of Eternity''
* ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline''
* ''VideoGame/AllPointsBulletin'' (cancelled in 2010)
* ''VideoGame/AlphaOutpostBlues''
* ''VideoGame/{{Alteil}}''
* ''VideoGame/AnarchyOnline''
* ''VideoGame/AsheronsCall''
* ''VideoGame/AstroEmpires''
* ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline''
* ''VideoGame/AuraKingdom'' (free-to-play, {{Anime}} styled action mmo)
* ''VideoGame/AuraStar''
* ''VideoGame/AutoAssault'' (cancelled in 2007)
* ''VideoGame/BattleStations''
* ''VideoGame/BattlestarGalacticaOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/BladeAndSoul''
* ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/CantrII''
* ''[[VideoGame/LunaOnline Celestia Luna]]'' (formerly ''VideoGame/LunaOnline'')
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and its counterpart ''City Of Villains'' (used to be pay, free to play. Now defunct.)
* ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''
* ''VideoGame/CombatArms'' (MMOFPS)
* ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkeden}}''
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons''
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' (used to be pay, free to play)
* ''VideoGame/DeadFrontier''
* ''VideoGame/{{Defiance}}''
* ''DealtInLead''
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''
* ''VideoGame/DigimonBattle''
* ''VideoGame/DivinaOnline'' (English version discontinued. Free To Play)
* ''VideoGame/DoctorWhoWorldsInTime'' (discontinued February 2014)
* ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' (Closed in September 2013)
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestX''
* ''{{Dragonica}}'' a.k.a. ''DragonSaga'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' (HackAndSlash ActionRPG)
* ''VideoGame/{{Dragonvale}}''
* ''VideoGame/DrakensangOnline''
* ''VideoGame/DreamOfMirrorOnline'' (social MMORPG, now dead, RIP)
* ''VideoGame/DungeonBlitz''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' (MMO 2D Fantasy BeatEmUp)
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' (used to be pay, now free to play)
* ''VideoGame/EarthAndBeyond'' (Defunct)
* ''EarthEternal'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/EdenEternal'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{Elsword}}'' (3-D side-scrolling, free to play)
* ''VideoGame/TheEndlessForest'' (free to play also, art game about deer)
* ''VideoGame/EndOfNations'' (different from the others that it's a MMO'''''[[RealTimeStrategy RTS]]''''', free to play)
* ''VideoGame/EpicDuel''
* ''ERepublik''
* ''VideoGame/EternalLands''
* ''VideoGame/EtherSagaOdyssey'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' (the TropeCodifier and creator of the concept)
* ''VideoGame/EverQuestII''
* ''Videogame/EVEOnline''
* ''{{Evony}}''
* ''Videogame/FaeryTaleOnline''
* ''FallenEarth''
* ''VideoGame/FantasyEarthZero''
* ''FantasyOnline''
* ''VideoGame/FarmVille''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBrigade''
* ''VideoGame/{{Firefall}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Flyff}}''
* ''VideoGame/ForumWarz''
* ''VideoGame/FreeRealms''
* ''FrontierVille''
* ''{{Furcadia}}''
* ''FusionFall''
* ''Website/GaiaOnline''
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyLegion'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/{{Glitch}}''
* ''GhostXUltimate''
* ''VideoGame/GlobalAgenda''
* ''GranadoEspada'' AKA ''Sword of the New World''
* ''GrandChase''
* ''VideoGame/GrandFantasia'' (fantasy MMORPG)
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars''
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''
* ''HarryPotterIntoTheFire''
* ''HolyBeastOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/HeroSmash'' (free to play)
* ''ImperiumNova''
* ''ImprobableIsland''
* ''TheInquisitionLegacy''
* ''InfinityTheQuestForEarth''
* ''VideoGame/IrisOnline''
* ''VideoGame/TheIslandOfKesmai''
* ''VideoGame/JadeDynasty''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''
* ''VideoGame/LaTale in Europe''
* ''VideoGame/LegendsOfEquestria'' (currently in development)
* ''VideoGame/LEGOMinifiguresOnline''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse''
* ''{{Lineage2}}'' (used to be pay, now free to play)
* ''VideoGame/{{Lunia}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' (used to be pay, now free to play)
* ''VideoGame/TheManaWorld'' (free, open source, on GPL)
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' (cancelled in 2009)
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory''
** ''MapleStoryITCG'' (discontinued)
* ''VideoGame/MarchOfWar''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelHeroes'' (free to play)
* ''{{Meridian59}}''
* ''MonkeyQuest''
* ''{{Navyfield}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Neverwinter}}'' (in development)
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' (no, not the better-known 3D RPG, the original one)
* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' (taken down in 2009 and revived as ''Nexus Clash'')
* ''NeoSteam''
* ''VideoGame/{{Otherspace}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Pangya}} PangYa/Albatross18]]''
* ''{{Pardus}}''
* ''VideoGame/PerfectWorld'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' and one of the first to be a console MMORPG
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse''
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}''
* ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheBurningSea''
* ''VideoGame/PlaneShift''
* ''PlanetSide''
** ''PlanetSide 2'' (free to play)
* ''PockieNinja'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/PuzzlePirates''
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' (used to be pay, now free to play)
* ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokIITheGateOfTheWorld Ragnarok II: The Gate of the World]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokIILegendOfTheSecond Ragnarok II: Legend of the Second]]''
* ''{{Rappelz}}''
* ''{{Requiem}}''
* ''RetroMud''
* ''VideoGame/RemnantsOfSkystone'' (free to play, subscribe for better abilities and ...stuff.)
* ''RFOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}''
* ''RohanOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/ROSEOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/RustyHearts'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/RunesOfMagic'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}''
* ''VideoGame/ScarletBlade''
* ''VideoGame/SDGundamCapsuleFighter''
* ''{{Seal Online}}''
* ''VideoGame/SecondLife''
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''
* ''{{Shaiya}}'' (fantasy MMORPG)
* ''ShatteredGalaxy''
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiImagine''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shintolin}}''
* ''VideoGame/ShoresOfHazeron'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/{{Skyrates}}''
* ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights''
* ''VideoGame/StarCitizen''
* ''VideoGame/StargateWorlds''
* ''StarPirates''
* ''VideoGame/StarStables'' (free to play in beginner areas; pay to play higher levels)
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' (used to be pay, now free to play)
* ''StarWarsCombine''
* ''TabletopGame/SwordGirls''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/TabulaRasa'' (defunct as of March 2009)
* ''VideoGame/{{TERA}}''
* ''{{Tibia}}''
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Online'' (Taken down in 2007).
* ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' (Defunct as of September 2013)
* ''VideoGame/TornCity''
* ''VideoGame/TricksterOnline'' (Defunct as of February 2013)
* ''VideoGame/TwilightHeroes'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedWatersOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{UCGO}}'' (Taken down in 2007, however it was revived!)
* ''VideoGame/UrbanDead''
* ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals''
* ''{{Vindictus}}'' (free to play)
* ''VideoGame/VirtualFamilyKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' (Free to play MMOTPS)
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{Webkinz}}''
* ''VideoGame/WildStar''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}''
* ''VideoGame/WolfTeam'' (MMOFPS)
* ''VideoGame/WonderKing''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (the second TropeCodifier, Popularized the concept)
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarplanes''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks''
* ''VideoGame/WorldWarIIOnline'' (Widely regarded as the first true MMOFPS)
* ''Videogame/WurmOnline'' (Freemium)
* ''VideoGame/{{Yogurting}}''
[[/index]]

!!Fictional examples

* "The World" from the ''Franchise/DotHack'' anime, manga, and games.
** {{Defictionalized}} at one point in Japan (under the name Fragment, the name of The World's beta version), but it flopped hard and wasn't released anywhere else.
** Fragment (The real world one) wasn't as much an MMO as it was the first four games repackaged with an online mode. You could choose one of the pre-existing charcter models or a recolor and that was the extent of costomzation outside class choice. The dungeons had to be made by players and were stored on their PC. There was an offline mode which was mostly the first four games with your "Custom" character replacing Kite and Rena and Shugo added as extras.
* The Creator/PiersAnthony novel ''{{Killobyte}}'' is about just such a game, in CyberSpace.
** His novel ''Literature/{{Steppe}}'' features a protagonist who is thrust into a ''live'' MMORPG, where players act out their roles in a historical setting, dropping out of the Game when they are "killed" and re-entering if they can afford to buy new parts. Although originally written in 1972, ''Steppe'' foresaw many of the conventions of the MMO as we know them.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Virt-U-Ron" revolved around a fictional MMORPG called "Everlot" (the title likely being a mish-mash of ''[=EverQuest=]'' and ''Dark Ages of Camelot'').
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' was the focus of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", as the boys tried to deal with an overpowered "griefer" who kept killing everyone else's characters and threatened to bring about the end of the world... of Warcraft. Cites "HelloKitty Island Adventure" as a major rival to [=WoW=].
* ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'' is an example of a webcomic set inside an MMORPG. Though it was formerly set in a chat room, it moved its entire cast into a new MMORPG, and while they do have outside lives, we don't hear about them too often.
* The {{Metaverse}} from the Neal Stephenson novel ''SnowCrash''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Steve and his friends were fans of an MMORPG named ''Dragonscuffle'' in "Dungeons and Wagons". Hayley, wanting to talk to Jeff after dumping him, used her account to bring Steve's recently-killed character back to life. He wanted to be her boyfriend again, but she'd already found someone while playing the game.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had ''"Doomed"'', which was [[JustOneMoreLevel so addictive that Danny was able to play it from evening until morning without realizing it.]]
* Bart dominated ''Earthland Realms'' on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which was basically a bloodthirsty (bloodthirstier?) [[HeroicFantasy Medieval Fantasy]] version of Springfield. At one point, Marge, being the loving mother she was, bought him some items in the form of a HelloKitty expansion pack.
* ''HaltingState'' by Creator/CharlesStross is about a ''bank robbery'' in a MMORPG.
* In the webcomic ''[[http://www.bitmapworld.com/smcomic.cgi?a=64 BitmapWorld,]]'' the teenage characters from the strip play an MMORPG called ''Cosmic Dungeon.'' The ''Cosmic Dungeon'' strips are almost a comic-within-a-comic.
* The ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' story arc "Years of Yarncraft" is all about spoofing [=MMORPGs=] (though the strip calls them [=MMORGYPOOs=]: Massively Multiplayer Organized Roleplaying Game Yarn Providing Outward Obnoxiousness). Most of it focuses on a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' style game, but a bass fishing MMORGYPOO is briefly featured as well.
* "Clichequest" from the webcomic ''TheNoob'' which satirizes [=MMORPGs=].
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' features ''Endgames'', a MedievalEuropeanFantasy MMORPG that Piro, Largo and Miho all played at one point. The game, along with standard statistics like "Strength", "Magic" and so forth, had hidden "Emotional Statistics" built into the player characters to [[CharacterDevelopment add depth]]. [[spoiler:Miho cheated by [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating the Emotional Statistics]] of a vast number of other player characters, bringing them under her control via statistical MoreThanMindControl. Piro was too in-tune with his character's Emotional Statistics for her to be able to manipulate them, and Largo's character ignored them completely]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' has a MMORPG called [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of War]][[VideoGame/EverQuest quest]]. It's a very-thinly disguised ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', which author [[OneOfUs Bill Amend plays]]. For example, one series of strips revolved around Jason's efforts to get the "Kingsquisher" title; in World of Warcraft, you earn the title "Kingslayer" by killing the Lich King (the Expansion 2 BigBad).
** One Foxtrot comic featured a rare and powerful ''World of Warquest'' weapon named "Doomulus Prime." An actual quest reward mace named Doomulus Prime was later [[{{Defictionalization}} added to the real]] World of Warcraft game.
* In Videogame/StarOcean3, [[spoiler:the plot twist is the universe is an MMORPG for higher dimensional beings]].
* The entire series ''TheGuild'' is about a group of MMO gamers playing an unnamed ''World of Warcraft'' clone. Except they're rarely shown ''playing'' it...
** A recent episode reveals the game they've been referring to as "the game" is actually titled ''The Game''.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' has "World of Hackcraft", the MMORPG spin off of the "Hackmaster" TableTopRPG.
* {{Yureka}} Has Lost Saga and mentions of two "earlier" game.
* HalfPrince Has Second Life as a fantasy MMORPG, a shooter that appears in one chapter, and others mentioned.
* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' describes a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture future]] Internet that is composed of interactive virtual reality environments, so the entire thing is essentially an MMO writ large. More specifically, the "Middle Kingdom" is an extremely popular VR fantasy MMORPG, and several of the environments of the titular Otherland network are designed to mimic game or fantasy worlds, with visitors directly inhabiting the avatars of characters in the simulation.
* A version appears in the LuckyStar OVA. And it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhjhjVpaAVk looks awesome!]]
* "Mythic Quest" in obscure doujinshi series ''Mythic Quest''.
* REAlistair begins in the fictional MMO Rivenwell Online, and the story begins due to an in-game incident. [[spoiler: All three [[DatingSim dateable boys]] play the same MMO.]]
* ''MegamanStarForce'' has the ever popular Burger Quest.
* ''{{Mogworld}}'' [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled is set in one.]]]]
* TheOnion parodied World of Warcraft in a video about an MMORPG that lets the gamer play a gamer playing World of Warcraft.
* ''{{Sarab}}'' has the nelPLAY, a fantasy MMORPG.
* One episode of Manga/{{Chobits}} involves the main cast enjoying their time with a free trial of an MMO. They come across a boss that is said to be impossible to beat, [[spoiler: but Chi hacks the game and makes it possible to beat it. None of them are aware of how this happened,]] and Hideki decides that playing MMO's wouldn't be healthy for him or his budget anyway.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has ''Horizon'', in which most of the action happens.
* ''T'Rain'' in ''Literature/{{REAMDE}}''
* Creator/VernorVinge has a couple of examples:
** The Other Plane, from his groundbreaking novella, "Literature/TrueNames", is an extremely early (1981) example, almost predating the IBM PC.
** In ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'', the development of wearable computers with contact-lens displays and gesture-based input has made these even more common and popular than they are today. People can and do play them on the streets, while traveling to work or school.
* The first StoryArc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' mostly takes place in one, an advanced virtual reality MMO. The players are [[InsideAComputerSystem trapped in it]] until [[WinToExit they beat the final boss]]. [[TheMostDangerousVideoGame Also, death is permanent.]]
* The plot of ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimal'' involves the release of ''Equestria Online'', and later players [[BrainUploading uploading]] [[InsideAComputerSystem themselves]] to live in the virtual world.
* ''Webcomic/{{Magience}}'' is about a MMORPG that may be more than a game.
* ''Elder Tale'', a long-running fantasy RPG set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, gets a new game update as all logged-in players suddenly experience TheGameComeToLife in the light novel/anime ''LogHorizon''.
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