The Vintage View Podcast – Episode 06 – Role Playing Games

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the evolution of RPGs, from their humble beginnings in MUDs (Multi-User Dungeons) to the modern consoles of today. Join us as we explore the progression of RPGs on classic systems like the NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis, as well as their evolution on PC gaming. Discover how these games have evolved over the years, shaping the genre into what it is today.

Discussion Points:

  1. From Text Adventures to Immersive Worlds:

    Delve into the origins of RPGs, tracing their roots back to text-based adventures and MUDs. Learn how early pioneers laid the groundwork for the expansive worlds and rich narratives we enjoy today.

  2. Console RPGs Through the Ages:

    Journey through the history of RPGs on classic consoles, from the pioneering titles on the NES and SNES to the groundbreaking experiences on the N64 and Sega Genesis. Explore the evolution of gameplay mechanics, storytelling, and character development.

  3. The Era of MMORPGs:

    Explore the revolution brought by MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) to the RPG genre. Witness how titles like World of Warcraft, EverQuest, and Ultima Online redefined player interaction, community building, and virtual worlds on a massive scale.


As we reflect on the evolution of RPGs, we’re reminded of the genre’s rich history and enduring impact on gaming culture. We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey through the annals of RPG history on Vintage View. Join us next time for more explorations into the world of retro gaming and nostalgia!

Posted March 27th, 2024

About the author

Scott Hough has been playing games since 1986. His parents bought him a used Atari 7800 for his 6th birthday. He was hooked. He loves RPGs, RTS, and Flight Sim games. He is a big fan of the Dragon Quest franchise.


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