PBBG: Persistent Browser Based Game.
A PBBG is a computer game that satisfies the following two criteria:
- It is browser based meaning that the game is played over the Internet using only a web browser.
- It is persistent meaning that progress in the game is achieved over multiple playing sessions.
PBBGs merge the depth and longevity of an application-based game with the accessibility and portability of a browser-based game. PBBG is sometimes spoken as pee-bee for brevity.
What is a PBBG?
The PBBG genre encompasses games of all traditional genres: role-playing, strategy, sports, simulation, and so forth.
PBBGs are can be single player or massively multi-player games also known as Browser Based MMORPG's. However, since an Internet connection is required to play, multi-player game play is usually assumed and hence the phrase "massively multi-player" is omitted from the abbreviation PBBG. A PBBG can be a traditional RPG style browser game or a Browser Based Strategy Game commonly known as a "Strat" but in order to qualify as a PBBG the strat must be 100% persistent with no server resets; this omits most modern day strats from our list.
PBBGs may be text-based, or they may take advantage of browser plug-ins such as Flash or Java to create a more dynamic game play environment.
The PBBG definition is device-independent. In particular, a persistent game played within the web browser of a cell phone or other wireless device is still a PBBG. Such a game may be referred to as a mobile-enabled PBBG.
What isn't a PBBG?
A PBBG is not the same thing as a MMOG (massively multi-player online game), generally speaking. There is some overlap, but MMOGs include games that are run as an application on your computer. Application-based games do not have the portability that PBBGs do and require a download or the purchase of a program that must then be installed on your PC. On the other hand a PBBG does not require a formal download and install. Think of PBBGs as a type of MMOG that are browser-based.
A PBBG is also not the same thing as a browser-based game, generally speaking. Browser-based games include arcade, puzzle, and card games which are over as soon as you move your browser to a different web page. These games lack the longevity and persistence of PBBGs, where progress is made over days, weeks, or months. PBBGs are a type of browser-based games BUT they are "Persistent Browser Based Games."