Persistent browser-based games

December 07, 2014 | 4 Comments

Persistent browser-based games are actually simple text-based browser role playing games. The short term for persistent browser-based games is PBBG. People usually prefer text-based games term over PBBG, but the correct term is still persistent browser-based games, so keep that in mind.

What are persistent browser-based games?

Persistent browser-based games
Persistent means that the more you play the game, the better you will be. Usually this means levels and experience. For example in mafia browser games you go to gym and train yourself, this means the more you play, the more stats you will have. So the progress of your game is determined by how often you visit the game. This means that the player skill is not so much relevant. What is important is how often users log in and increase their stats. Picture taken from Torn

So is it like grinding?

First of all, grinding is the phase of the game where you just have to do the same repetitive moves over and over again. And yes, every time you log in you do the same things over and over again. But what makes it more interesting is that you can compete against others. You want to be number one in the ranking, don’t you? Don’t lie, yes you do. So you don’t really care if the game itself is repetitive as long as you are one of the best players in the game. And the only way you can beat others is just grinding and investing a lot of time into your character’s progress.

Are there more terms for the same type of games?

Some call their text-based browser games something like MMOG, which stands for Multi Player Online Game. Some even say browser-based RPG. Others just say text-based browser games. It really is up to the game developers how they advertise their game. Current leader is Torn City.

4 comments on “Persistent browser-based games

  • Adriana says:

    Do you want to play a “Persistent browser-based game”? I recommend you to try “Life beyond apocalypse”

  • Vengance says:

    Used to play them alot! now don’t have that much time. Oldschool browser games are the bomb, never liked fancy 3d games TBH.

  • Anne says:

    Persistent browser-based games are somewhat similar to text-based browser games. I mean persistent does not mean text based so they are not really identical meanings or what? Persistent can be even an interactive keyboard style game, does not have to be text based browser games. I hope you understand.

  • Sherri says:

    Actually, that’s not what persistent means. In this context it means the game world exists & continues to change when a player logs off.

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