The RPG genre was already popular in the international PC market. It all began with tabletop RPGs, but here we'll take a look back at the explosive RPG boom that began here with Dragon Quest.
Text by Kaze no Iona
An RPG was a game that involved playing a role?
I wonder if it wasn't the Famicom version of Tower of Druaga that first introduced the term "RPG" to Famicom users (The text "High Quality Role-playing" appeared on the packaging for Bokosuka Wars later on, but actual use of the term RPG hadn't really caught on at that time). I myself found out about the RPG genre through a publication that had launched around this time, Famimaga. The way that RPGs were introduced as games in which you're "playing a role" stood out in particular.