RuneScape is a well-known browser-based MMORPG that has been featured in Guinness World Records twice due to its popularity and frequent software updates. Its beta testing began in 2001. In the same year, developer and publisher Jagex Ltd. released the first version of a Java application called RuneScape Classic. In 2004, RuneScape 2 appeared with improved 3D graphics and new software.
Meaning and History
The game’s essence is to develop your character, complete tasks, and receive rewards for this. Quests of six difficulty levels are available to users: the simplest is for beginners, and the most difficult are available only in Pay To Play mode. At the same time, RuneScape has two versions: paid and demo. They have a common virtual world and differ only in the possibilities that open up to gamers.
They also have one emblem. It has evolved along with the game to transition from classic old-school design to modern computer graphics.
1998 – 2001
The Devious Multi-User Dungeon is considered the predecessor of RuneScape. This video game appeared in 1998 and was not very popular: no more than twenty people managed to try it. Only a few screenshots and a logo with a short name (“DeviousMUD”) and a developer (“By Andrew Gower”) remain in her memory. The first line was red and the second orange.
2001 – 2008
In 2001, Jagex released a pilot version of RuneScape. The online game logo consisted of nine gray runes of various shapes. Their number corresponded to the number of letters from the MMORPG’s name because all these symbols were on the stones – from the first “R” to the last “E.” The runes were laid out in two short chains separated by a sword with a large golden hilt.
2008 – 2011
After the next update, the game acquired an emblem with an enlarged inscription. The runes are now brown and lined up, and the sword is pointed downward and is exactly halfway between RUNE and SCAPE.
2011 – 2013
In 2011, Jagex launched a new official website for RuneScape and changed the MMORPG logo. In this version, the runes disappeared, and the inscription began to look as if each letter was forged from iron. To enhance the effect, the designers used a gradient and shadows. The sword remains in its original place, and the “S” is moved slightly to the left and resembles a scabbard.
2013 – today
In 2013, Lee Maplesden, who worked on the RuneScape identity for ten years, undertook another redesign. He kept the style of medieval fiction but made the inscription smoother and cleaner and, at the same time, added some interesting elements. The sword is now connected to the vertical stroke of the letter “R,” and through the “S,” there is a long fire strip in the form of a dragon’s tail. This line looks like an unfinished infinity sign and hints at the longevity of the legendary MMORPG.
Also, Lee Maplesden came up with the concept for an animated version of the logo. The tail moves and blazes with orange flame, and the sword falls from above and stops at the beginning of the inscription.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
All RuneScape emblems – old and new – have one thing in common: the sword. This is an important part of the game that is required to survive in a fictional world. Previously, melee weapons were separate from the word, even when they were combined with “S.” In the current version, it is embedded in the letter “R” and is perceived as an irreplaceable part of the text.
The logo lettering was developed by Lee Maplesden, former art director of Jagex. He made the lettering cleaner by shortening the serifs and removing excess protruding lines. The designer did not use standard fonts: each letter was created with attention to detail, so the game’s name looks like a work of art.
The combination of several white, gray, and silver shades makes the word appear to be made of metal. Distinct shadows and highlights create a 3D effect. The only bright spot (or rather a stripe) is the dragon’s yellow-orange tail.