The Future of the Computer Role-Playing Game

Skyrim comes out today and like most people I'm excited. That said, I have a question--Is the CRPG where you create your own party done? Are there any in the pipeline? Or was Icewind Dale basically the end of it? If so, did these die out for tech reasons? Lack of interest among designers? Among the Audience? Talk to me like I'm stupid...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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