Online game RuneScape reaches 200 million players

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This enchanted land filled with mysterious and dangerous locals cannot be reached by a flight or a cruise – only an internet connection.It is the setting for the online computer game RuneScape, which yesterday became the first in the world to rack up 200million players – almost as many as the combined population of Britain, Germany and France.The free-to-play title, developed by Cambridge-based Jagex, was one of the first massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) when it was launched in January 2001.Now it has become the most popular computer game in the world, with more downloads than the combined sales of the FIFA and Call of Duty franchises.RuneScape, which paved the way for other MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft, is played through an internet browser. There is no set storyline to follow. Instead, players are free to develop their characters, explore the world of Gielinor, take part in quests and slay an array of monsters. In total, RuneScape fans have racked up more than 443billion minutes of gaming since its launch.Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said: When the game was first released, nobody could ever have expected it would reach such high levels of popularity largely by community word of mouth.It has been an incredible journey to get to where we are today, and by continuing our tradition of constantly innovating, evolving and lovingly crafting RuneScape we are certain to continue to break records by creating an online adventure like no other.