RuneScape is a video game developed by Jagex Games Studio and was released in January 2001. This game is a type of a massive online multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG) where a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual game world. This type of a video game is a subgenre of the role-playing game where players interact with the game’s non-player characters (NPC) alone. In massive online multiplayer role-playing games, players can do actions with other player characters such as purchasing or trading items, forming teams or parties in performing in-game quests, or even fight with other characters. To play RuneScape, players are required to have an internet connection in order to access a game server, a virtual host that runs the game environment in addition to the game’s installer. Players are also required to register a game account where the player’s character data is stored.
RuneScape is set in a medieval fantasy world called Gielinor that is divided into different kingdoms, cities, and regions. New players are taken through a tutorial where they learn the basic moves and skills in RuneScape. After finishing the tutorial, players can access tutors and advisors who can provide more information on the skills they learn. These tutors and advisors can be found in towns in the game map. In RuneScape, players set their own objectives in playing the game. They can perform a variety of actions such as battling monsters in order to gain experience and item loot, as well as to train their character skills. Players can also interact with other players by chatting, trading items, participating in quests, mini games, or challenging them in combat.
RuneScape players are identified in the game by means of customizable avatars. Players can give a name for their character as well as set the gender and other physical features. The character avatar is used to represent the player when chatting with other players or when interacting with other in-game characters.