If you’re not a gaming enthusiast (yet), or are simply trying to understand the video game landscape a bit, you have probably run into the terms “MMO Games” and “First Person Games” or “First Person Shooter Games“.
I, too, have had the questions:
What are First Person Video Games?
What are MMO Games?
Here is the answer!
I’ll give you a quick answer first:
1) What is a First Person Video Game?
A First Person game is a video game where you (the player) view the game from the point of view of the character you’re playing. Essentially, you are looking through his eyes. (This type of gaming experience is really fun, but makes some people — like my grandmother — nautious.)
A slight different gaming experience is called a “Third Person” view, where you participate in the game looking at your character, and the surroundings. It’s really similar to a first person gaming experience, but it is pretty cool to see your character while he’s in the middle of all the action. And, my grandmother finds the third person view a bit easier to handle!
2) What is a MMO Video Game?
A MMO Video Game is an acronym for “Massive Multiplayer Online” game. Basically, all this means is that you can play with a ton of other people simultaneously, online. Some of the more popular recent MMO video games are Modern Warfare, Call of Duty, etc.
Sometimes you play video games without any online interaction with other players. For instance, Skyrim is a game you cannot play with others online. It’s a crazy-awesome world that you explore and play on your own. However, there is something really awesome about being able to explore games and play along with others online.
I love MMO Video Games because I can connect with my friends and play with them, without leaving the comfort of my own couch!
NOTE: As a kid, you need to be aware that in MMO games you can hear some really vulgar language from other players. But, it’s not that big of a deal, if you are prepared and can just tune them out.
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
WikiPedia has more thorough answers for each of these.
What is a First Person Shooter Video Game.
First-person shooter (FPS) is a video game genre that centers the gameplay on gun and projectile weapon-based combat through first-person perspective; i.e., the player experiences the action through the eyes of a protagonist. Generally speaking, the first-person shooter shares common traits with other shooter games, which in turn fall under the heading action game. From the genre’s inception, advanced 3D or pseudo-3D graphics elements have challenged hardware development, and multiplayer gaming has been integral.
The first-person shooter has since been traced as far back as Maze War, development of which began in 1973, and 1974’s Spasim. 1987’s MIDI Maze for the Atari ST was one of the first network multiplayer action games and also saw release on game consoles. The genre coalesced with 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D, which is generally credited with creating the genre proper and the basic archetype upon which subsequent titles were based. One such title, and the progenitor of the genre’s wider mainstream acceptance and popularity was Doom, released the following year and perhaps the most influential first-person shooter. Half-Life, released in 1998, enhanced the narrative and puzzle elements, and along with its 2004 sequel Half-Life 2, showcases the considerable development of the genre’s potential. GoldenEye 007 (1997) was a first landmark first-person shooter for home consoles, with the Halo series heightening the console’s commercial and critical appeal as a platform for first-person shooter titles. Metroid Prime (2002) further expanded the genre’s potential by popularizing action-adventure elements in the genre. In the 21st century, the first-person shooter is one of the most commercially viable and fastest growing video game genres.
What is a MMO Game?
A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet, and usually feature at least one persistent world. They are, however, not necessarily games played on personal computers. Most of the newer game consoles, including the PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Wii can access the Internet and may therefore run MMO games. Additionally, mobile devices and smartphones based on such operating systems as Android, iOS and Windows Phone are seeing an increase in the number of MMO games available.
MMOGs 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.