Massively multiplayer online games have really taken off over the past few years! For the new generation, online gaming worlds are as popular as the Sega Genesis was when I was a kid.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, players create “avatars” which are virtual representations of themselves. They then traverse the game world to complete various objectives. Players can play alone, or as part of a larger group depending on the mission.
The most notable of these is World of Warcraft, but there are also large communities of people playing RuneScape, MapleStory, Rift, Wizard 101, and a multitude of other games.
There are even online worlds aimed at kids, such as Club Penguin.
New on the block is Herotopia, a massively multiplayer online game aimed specifically at kids aged 6 – 12 years old.