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RPG is an abbreviation with several different meanings:

  • RPG programming language, is a native programming language for IBM's iSeries servers
  • RPG Life Sciences, is an Indian Pharmaceutical Company
  • Role-playing game, in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives
    • Tabletop role-playing game, also called traditional roleplaying games, participants usually sit around a table and conduct the game as a small social gathering
    • Computer role-playing game (sometimes CRPG), a computer game with the setting and game mechanics of a role-playing game
    • Console role-playing game, a CRPG for video game consoles
    • Tactical role-playing game, a video game with both CRPG and turn-based strategy elements
    • Online text-based role-playing game, a role-playing game played online using a solely text-based interface such as TELNET, an internet forum, or in a chat
  • Rocket propelled grenade, a type of hand-held antitank weapon
    • RPG-2, RPG-7, RPG-16, RPG-18, RPG-22, RPG-26, RPG-27, or RPG-29, Soviet-made RPG launchers
  • Rebounds per game, in basketball
  • Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University

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Computer role-playing game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2506 words)
RPG gameplay elements can be found in real-time strategy games, first-person shooters, third-person shooters, and some other types such as massively multiplayer online games.
The representation of RPG elements in first- and third-person shooters is indistinguishable from the game simply incorporating a story with cut-scenes and traditional FPS problem solving, and developments to the incorporation of the genre's usual character building (such as getting better weapons).
These graphical RPGs often based their game systems on the various DandD systems used at the time, sometimes even displaying dice rolls, but it is not uncommon for completely different systems to be borrowed or created for use as well.
Gamasutra - Features -"Remodeling RPGs for the New Millennium" [01.15.99] (8095 words)
For the purposes of this article, a computer RPG is a game in which character development and character interaction take precedence over other factors and where each player's experience of the story is determined by individual choice rather than designer fiat.
Any designer contemplating an RPG must take a stance with regard to all of these tools, even if that stance is to deemphasize one or more of them.
The first and, arguably, most critical decision RPG developers must make with regard to story is whether to use a branching structure or to tell a story in a more conventional, linear fashion.
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