Role Play, simply defined, is acting.
Acting, as a character that you either create or pick from a
spectrum of pre-created characters. In some settings you
determine vital characteristics of your character, in others, it
is predetermined. You set your mind into this character, and
play it out by improvising the characters' moves.
Roleplaying is not limited to games
The action of roleplaying goes well beyond
gaming and plays a role in many everyday situations. Of course
the most obvious example of roleplaying is seen on Television or
in the movies, where the actor takes on the role of a character.
Yes, acting is indeed also roleplaying!
Another area where roleplaying is often used
is in training and/or teaching situations. Students are required
to assume the role of the appropriate individual where they are
tested upon their ability to react appropriately to a
hypothetical situation. In these circumstances it is extremely
important that the student is able to play the role of the
designated individual appropriately.
For instance, a nursing student, lifeguard
candidate, or MD candidate, who is required to play out a staged
trauma situation. Different from a paper test, the student is
required to react and be tested in a situation that much more
closely resembles what they are likely to encounter in their
future career. Of added benefit, the trauma victims are usually
other students who are scored on their ability to appropriate
act out the symptoms of their ailment. To act the symptoms
properly certainly requires an indepth understanding.
Roleplaying Dictionary Definitions
Cambridge Advanced Dictionary
role play (noun)
pretending to be someone else, especially as part of learning a
Role play is used in training courses, language-learning and
- transitive senses : ACT OUT - students
were asked to role-play the thoughts and feelings of each
character (R. G. Lambert)
- intransitive senses : to play a role
- To assume or represent in a drama; act
out: "Participants are encouraged to pass on leads about
jobs... and to role-play interview situations with each
other" (Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).
- To assume or act out a particular role: "When
I hire people I role-play with them... to see how they take
pressure" (Peter Schrag).