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In Pictures: 20 MMOG Realms You Should Explore

Jagex's browser-based MMORPG RuneScape originally launched back in 2001. The game isn't exactly hardcore. Like Sony's Free Realms, RuneScape is geared toward a general audience, young and old.

The overall backdrop takes place in the medieval fantasy realm of Gielinor, which is split into different kingdoms, regions, and cities. There is no overlaying storyline. Rather, users set their own goals and objectives.

Using the Java platform, the game has gone through three stages of development, but has thus remained consistent in regards to keeping it playable within any browser and on most PCs. The most recent overhaul boosted the game's visual aspect to some degree (RuneScape HD), while PC gamers won't see eye-popping graphics as they would in World of Warcraft or Guild Wars. Still, the game has come a long way, and it's surprisingly addictive once you get past the simplified, old-school appearance.

As always, RuneScape is free-to-play by default, while paid subscriptions bring more content to players, including over 100 extra quests, no advertising, a personalized home to decorate, full-screen mode, a 3x larger world to explore, and more. The subscription costs $5.95 per month.

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