Some people just don't get role-playing games. Others trumpet the singular virtues of that engrossing genre.
But why do members of the latter group enjoy such titles? That's a question CD Projeckt lead level artist Marek Ziemak addressed in speaking to CVG . While playing video games is often about escapism, Ziemak believes RPGs may be the best way to get away from it all.
"I think the name of the genre is the answer, it's a role playing game and people like that. I believe most people play the game to experience something different from their everyday life. So that's really one of the main reasons, the need to run away from your normal life.
In most cases you don't want to play as an IT guy, because that's what you're doing every day, you don't want to be a nurse in a game because that's your job. You just want to get out of this reality and check out something else, become a different character because that's what RPG games are valuable for, becoming another person, making decisions, developing as a character."
There has been a lot of talk this generation about what constitutes a role-playing game and at this rate, it's an argument that will never be settled. However, there are some titles that are commonly accepted to be RPGs, such as CD Projeckt's The Witcher 2 , which is coming to the Xbox 360 this month and hopefully, to the PlayStation 3 at a later date.
For those of you who do love the RPG experience, the above comments are nothing new. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the genre…don't you want to try it now?