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A massively multiplayer online game (MMOG, or more commonly, MMO) is an online game with large numbers of players, typically from hundreds to thousands, on the same server. MMOs usually feature a huge, persistent open world, although some games differ. These games can be found for most network-capable platforms, including the personal computer, video game console, or smartphones and other mobile devices.

MMOs can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, and sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world. They include a variety of gameplay types, representing many video game genres.

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MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) is a genre of online role-playing video games in which a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual world. As in all RPGs, players assume the role of a fictional character (most commonly in a fantasy setting) and take control over many of that character's actions. MMORPGs are distinguished from single-player or small multi-player RPGs by the number of players, and by the game's persistent world, usually hosted by the game's publisher, which continues to exist and evolve while the player is away from the game.

MMORPGs are very popular throughout the world, with combined global memberships in subscription and non-subscription games exceeding 15 million as of 2006. Overall, revenues for MMORPGs exceeded half a billion dollars in 2005 and are expected to reach over a billion dollars by 2009.

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Eve Online is a a space-based, persistent world MMORPG.

Did you know...

that on November 19, 2006, World of Warcraft reached 10 million subscribers?

that Guild Wars sold over 3 million copies of the game in the first year and a half since its release?

that Disney's Toontown Online is one of the few MMORPGs aimed at children as young as seven? Roblox is another game aimed at this age group.

And though the majority of RuneScapes players is between 11-19 there are players well over 30!

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