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Developer(s)Wikimedia Foundation, you
Designer(s)Jimbo Wales, Larry Sanger Hatsune Miku
Platform(s)World Wide Web
  • WW: January 15, 2001[1]
Genre(s)Fantasy MMORPG
Mode(s)Multiplayer, online

One theory that explains the addictive nature of Wikipedia and its tendency to produce Wikipediholics is that Wikipedia is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The following article explains how Wikipedia shares many characteristics with MMORPGs.

Wikipedia is a sequel to the game Nupedia, an encyclopedia-themed MMORPG in a hack and slash and "article roaming" style. It was released for the World Wide Web by the Wikimedia Foundation, and was developed by the community.


Wikipedia has an immersive gameworld with over 43 million players and over 6.44 million unique locations, including over 88,000 undiscovered secret areas, 36,000 fully explored dungeons, and 6,100 boss levels. Magical items and powers can be found scattered over these locations, whose navigation is aided by maps of the game world. Some of these locations, as well as items and powers, become problematic and unbalance the game world. Players will generally dislike these, and Game Masters respond by removing them or, if they are heretical, by suppressing them.

The in-game universe can take several years to explore completely, with several regions to explore. Dungeons within the game vary greatly in size. Some are so large that they can take hours to explore, whereas some are so small that players can see the entire dungeon at a glance.

Game mechanics[edit]

Players can accumulate experience points (EXP), allowing them to advance to higher levels. Some players focus too much on increasing EXP and, despite their extremely high levels, they are not valued in the community. A special fairy always tracks EXP. Players develop a unique distribution of statistics, and can choose between a number of classes, such as Gunner, Trickster, Arch Mage, Sorcerer, Archer, and Priest, as well as choosing from one of several races, such as gnomes, ogres, dragons and imps. In some cases, a player may choose to play with excessive summons, or play with multiple warriors at the same time. This provides an additional challenge, because they must avoid being caught by Bounty Hunters, who are tasked with rooting them out and destroying them. The in-game currency (WikiMoney) has largely fallen out of use, and most players prefer to accumulate different types of stars and various icons which other players can award them. Players can take on quests, fight boss battles, enter battle arenas, and even take class change trials to become Game Masters. It is possible to stumble upon random encounters and defeat such monsters.

Non-player characters (often abbreviated as "NPCs") can also be found in the game. Wikipedia differs from other MMORPGs in that ordinary players may design their own NPCs, and submit them to be approved for inclusion in the game world. NPCs can be seen throughout the game world, doing tasks such as apprehending criminals, cleaning up taverns, and other helpful tasks.

After acquiring ten EXP in four days, gamers gain additional powers, such as the ability to change the names of caves, bypass weaker magic chains, and import art into the game world. After acquiring 500 EXP in 30 days, gamers unlock the ability to bypass boosted chains and undergo trials to become Game Masters.


Every unique location in the gameworld has a tavern where players have the opportunity to interact with any other player in real time. Players often become friends with other players, and some have even arranged to meet offline. Players may even build their own houses with furniture and receive messages from other players. On the darker side, some players become addicted, unable to leave the game, and spend all their waking hours on the site. It is often the most experienced players who end up spending the most amount of time in the gameworld.

Players with similar ideals will group together to form guilds, and raids may form to tackle exceptionally difficult quests and adventures.

People tend to play a given MMORPG for six to eighteen months at a high level of involvement; a similar pattern has been noted in hardcore Wikipedia players.


Trolls are one of the most common enemies in the gameworld, and often turn up in boss fights. Orcs, the natural enemies of the Trolls, who oppose trolls using methods which are equally unethical or destructive (such as baiting) can also be fought.

Weapons such as guns are used normally, but cannons and swords can be used to defeat an undefeatable enemy. Many players also carry a shield to protect themselves. Often, players will monitor dungeons that they are (or have been) involved with special cameras, which are connected to a private area which belongs to that player and that only they can access, and then only when logged in, so that enemies cannot use it to their advantage.

Guns can be used in places other than battle arenas for clearing the problems of a dungeon, but breaking the three hit rule may result in a Ice Block.

Barbarian-fighting is a form of combat that has many similarities to a variation of spawn kill.

Illegitimate battle strategies are abundant. Sneaky players like to use excessive summons and minions to trick Game Masters.

There are also enemies such as WikiPorcupines, which shoot Toxic Spikes from their heads and also gang up in many groups in order to accomplish their goal. There are a similar species called WikiHedgehogs, but are Trolls' pets. They are also very blamey about New players entering their territory.

Players can also attempt to destroy, mangle or disrupt parts of the game world. Player-killing is strongly discouraged, but nevertheless happens. New players are most vulnerable. Game Masters attempt to control this by placing offending players in ice blocks, freeze locks, or bans, but more often than not, criminals end up being brought before the Super Game Masters, who have the final say in dealing with them.

Game Masters[edit]

Some Wikipedia players who successfully complete a class change trial manage to become Game Masters, a secretive clan[2] whose members have access to additional spells and items such as:


Wikipedia players can be promoted to Game Master (or demoted!) by even more powerful users known as Overlords, who, in addition to having the power to appoint new Game Masters and Overlords, can summon many powerful minions to aid them in their adventuring.

General classes[edit]


Gunners are required to be both careful and quick. To assist them, they have a wide variety of weapons at their disposal, including machine guns, sniper rifles, heavy artillery, or a general multi-purpose hand-gun. Despite all these weapons, some players chose to fight criminals with their fist.


Artists are known for their ability to turn the worst most disorganized looking dungeons into works of true beauty.


Builders have the ability to turn the smallest dungeons into the most complex ones. Some increase dungeons' size, other increase their complexity, both are vital. After all, what's the point of an oversized dungeon with no mazes?

Super classes[edit]

There exist several classes of users which have even greater powers and spells than already mentioned.


Priests are a special class of Game Masters with the ability to enter dungeons protected by red chains and modify other players' inventories, and even the default inventory for the entire game. Only the most trusted Game Masters can become priests; there are only 12 priests, and one of them is a minion summoned by an overlord.

Super Game Masters[edit]

Also known as Arch Mages, the SGMs are a clan of Game Masters with additional powers and spells. They can be asked to battle super-hard bosses that ordinary users may find difficult to defeat, and also deal with misbehaving users. One must be elected to be a Super Game Master, and can only serve for a limited time. Super Game Masters are automatically made bounty hunters, and they approve which other players get to be bounty hunters. The Super Game Masters, if a majority of them agree, can banish a player from the world for either a year or forever, and can remove Game Master status for any misbehaving Game Master.


A clan of Game Masters with even greater powers and abilities than their colleagues. One must be elected by other players to be a Knight, and can only be a Knight for a year before a reelection is required. Knights must be present in all worlds and be at least 18 years old and the age of majority in their area of origination. Knights have the following abilities:

Knights act as bounty hunters, overlords, game masters, and the like for worlds who have not chosen any of their players to do such tasks.

The Dark Lord[edit]

The master and founder of Wikipedia and its related worlds. He patrols the game world, and in former times he has had complete and total authority, and still is the only one besides the Knights who is allowed to change any user's user classes (including Knights). His power has diminished, as he has become reluctant to use his powers, but he still has methods of overriding the actions of Game Masters, and even Super Game Masters, by more subtle means. If you feel the game has treated you particularly unfairly, you can create free amusement for other players by asking the Dark Lord for assistance.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (January 15, 2001). "HomePage". Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Their clan headquarters can be found here.

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