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Runescape gets a graphic overhaul

July 14, 2008

The browser-based MMORPG Runescape have had its graphics improved and is now available in a higher quality graphics version. It was a few years since I tried Runescape and it certainly looks better now. Not that it can compete with modern locally installed MMORPG clients, but nevertheless a nice improvement.

For members the game can also be played in fullscreen version. Jagex that runs the game claims that over 130 million accounts have been created. Since one account = one character there has been a lot of people playing one or more characters there. When I created a character and played a bit the web site said there were over 200000 players playing at the moment. That is awful lot of players.

Played a bit through the tutorial with a character and it is actually pretty neat. I will probably try it a bit more to get a better feeling for the game.

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  1. July 15, 2008 at 11:32

    To be honest, it still looks very bad to me. If this is the improvements they could release after so many years I don’t think they will ever be able to do any better.

  2. sente
    July 15, 2008 at 16:59

    They way they have chosen to run the game (Java applet, no local installation or plugin) certainly limits what they can do, since they have to send everything from the server-side to the client and everything has to be in memory.

    Would it do better with some other technology option? Certainly. Is it worth the effort for them? The more that is involved the more it will cost for extra resources to accomplish this, how much do that have for this?

    Jagex does not seem to be a small operation, 350 employees, about half in customer support and half in development (mainly Runescape).

    So I agree with you, we will probably not see huge improvements in that area, at least not until it becomes a significant issue. That will not happen I think until they get some serious competition in the brwoser-MMO space.

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