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CD Projeckt Talks "Escaping" With RPGs

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?

Tags: the witcher 2, the witcher sequel, rpgs, role playing games

4/3/2012 9:44:03 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Hoagie324
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:09:20 AM
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That's honestly a huge reason I play RPGs. It's probably my favorite genre on current consoles. Nothing is quite like starting a character on Skyrim or Mass Effect and getting completely launched into the world. It really helps me to forget the world around me as I'm completely immersed into the rich story presented by the game. No other genre (except perhaps a select few shooters) draw me in like RPGs do.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 11:15:31 AM
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"become another person, make decisions, develop a character"
What he say there is the very essence of why I love this genre above everything else. It's what RPG is all about imo, and it most definitely is why I am still a gamer after all these years.


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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 12:02:16 PM
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Never liked RPG's. I always found them...boring? Not sure that's exactly the reason I never played them, but I was always turned off by them for some reason. I know you guys love your RPG's, so I won't delve any further...

But yeah, they suck. xD

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 12:20:38 PM

Liam, that is ludicrous.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:19:03 PM

That's fair enough. We all got our genres we don't like.
For me that is driving simulators and fighting games. I don't think there will ever be a game in those genres that will interest me.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:20:22 PM

Just WOW!

To not like RPG's is OK cause they're not your bag.

BTW, I can't get into RPG's either although I have at least 100+ in my collections & I keep re-trying many of them in the hopes that I'll change my mind over time, but to no avail.


But to actually say RPG's suck just because you don't like them????

"Just wow"



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hellish_devil
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 12:11:52 PM
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Not always the good formula is about being a whole different person. Just look at Persona. I played Persona 3 while I was in high school and it was my everyday life, just made much better with the Social Links and the Dark Hour. What kid wouldn't want to have an everyday life, but have this ability that makes you fight baddies at night? It was a dream for me!

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Teddie9
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:07:01 PM

I was thinking that too, persona is awesome.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 5:44:15 PM

That's why those games rule, feels like having an interesting life while reliving highschool.

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Teddie9
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:11:56 PM
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RPG's are what got me into gaming. They always score the highest on the anticipation meter and I know if it's good I'll be playing for hours upon hours. Alone? Again it it's good - no problem.

I really hope The witcher 2 comes to ps3.

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Shams
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 4:13:17 PM
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So true. RPG's is such a loose category used to collect a variety of even contrasting genres. I really enjoyed Demon's/Dark Souls, ME2 & ME3, Valkyria Chronicles, and FFxiii was at least good for the ride. What did all of these games have in common? Exploration? Not really. Two of 'em were practically totally linear. Story based decisions? Really, only ME nailed that, and Demon's/Dark Soul hardly had a story to speak of (though in Demon's Souls you did have a decisions to make here and there, like who to kill and side with). Team selection? Demon's/Dark Souls didn't really have that unless you did co-op. Upgrading Stuff and leveling? Yep. Those seem to be common features...and yet, even games like Ratchet & Clan, Folklore, GOW, DMC, and Yakuza had those features as well. And they can't be really referred to as RPGs. So, even though I have difficulty identifying what is it that makes RPG's, I'm glad they are around. They are often unique and enthralling games that offer a change in pace and palette, and offer absorbing worlds.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:38:36 PM

Same here, I'm not sure what actually denotes a RPP anymore. When I think of RPG's, I automatically think of them as being like the old FF's & such, with mixing all kinds of magic &/or spells, extensive wardrobe editing, leveling up, etc, etc.

But.....as time goes on with more & more games coming out that either claim to be, or because gamers say they are, some sort of RPG's I've become quite confused on exactly what kind of games are RPG's anymore


FYI, I've heard games like Fallout & Borderlands even being considered as RPG's & if so, then I "LOVE" those kind, but I'm not really sure how most would define them as RPG's....maybe defined as actiony RPG's or RPG lite's, or are they something else completely????

So come on guys & gals...help an old wizard out.



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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 6:56:54 AM

I think Fallout is *clearly* a RPG. I don't even understand how anyone can claim anything else. Borderlands on the other hand, is what I would call a shooter with rpg elements.
In Borderlands you shoot stuff or drive stuff, period. In Fallout you do so much more, and the fighting is not even the main attraction.

I think one element that makes me determine what is a rpg and what is not, is how much time you spend on straight up action compared to how much time you spend on "other stuff", being it in dialogue, equipment tweaking, exploration, object creation, trading or simply "virtual life"; Outfits, apartments, all that "other stuff".
If all you do in a RPG is to fight stuff with some bosses at given intervals, well that's a very lightweight RPG in my mind. A true RPG should, as this guy points out, give you the option to be someone in a virtual world. It's kinda the reason for the name of the genre, really.


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___________
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 4:24:26 AM
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i dunno about them being the easiest way to escape from reality.
a open world with you and a RPG blowing up cop choppers and cars as they fly past is just about as far away from reality as i wanna get!
id actually say its quite the opposite.
allot of parts of RPGs are very rooted in reality, in fact the only part that isent is the ones who are based on fantasy.
skyrim for instance every bit of that game is based on reality till you get to the flying dragons and magic and species.
the world, combat and everything else though is rooted in reality.
shooters and open world games would be a far better genre for escaping reality!

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xenris
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 2:38:36 PM

Because it is similar in some cases I think that helps people escape.

I don't escape in a shooter or an open world action game. I'm just playing a game blowing stuff up.

But when I invest in crafting a character and interacting with NPCs, leveling up my character and exploring the world, I find it much easier to lose myself in that world.

Mind you it has to be a well crafted RPG. I find I get lost in games when it has characters that I really love or relate to. Where my choices can affect them in some way. Witcher 2 in fact is marvelous for this.

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xenris
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 1:31:40 PM
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To me what makes an RPG is a game with a great story with great characters who have realistic motivations. Excellent and fascinating world to explore, explore being the key word there. And finally great character development which opens up new gameplay options as you progress through the game. Which in a nut shell character development = leveling up and unlocking skills lol.

I agree though RPGs are great places to escape to.

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