In honor of Gary Gygax - who passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Games Radar would like to reflect on the profound influence Dungeons & Dragons has exerted on videogames. Dungeons & Dragons' elaborate yet elegant game system is the bedrock upon which all modern videogames are built.
Most of the gaming paradigms people know and love were forged on the anvil of TSR's Dungeons & Dragons in 1974. So-called "RPG elements" have infiltrated every genre under the sun from shooters to platformers to racing games. Each incorporate systems that are based on the design of the dice-based Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game. Tired videogame genres routinely turn to Dungeons & Dragons and its role-playing design aesthetics when they need a shot in the arm.