In a traditional theatre, the "fourth wall" is the imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage, through which the audience sees the action of the play. In video games, television, etc., speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the audience/player or real world can be referred to as "breaking the fourth wall," as it "deconstructs" the boundaries of the fictional world.
Examples in Old School RuneScape[edit | edit source]
NPC[edit | edit source]
- Murphy who apparently speaks of "Game Magic".
- The Town Crier, who talks of the game website and Player Moderators.
- Straven, who tells the player to go to a "member's server" when asked about the Thieves' armband.
- The bartender of the Blue Moon Inn, who says he won't tell the player where to find treasure because "it would make the computer game too easy."
- A conversation with Father Aereck, where it comes up that RuneScape is just a computer game.
- The Mage of Zamorak who speaks about "right-clicking" him to get the teleport option.
- Doris who expresses her thankfulness for no longer having an "Attack" option.
- The Lumbridge Guide who recommends the player visit the RuneScape website for help and advice.
- Phantuwti Fanstuwi Farsight, who tells the player to check their quest list when asked for a quest.
- The man with a backpack by Musa Point, who will sometimes complain to the player that he doesn't have "a 'Teleport Home to Lumbridge' button like everyone else."
- During the quest Tower of Life, 'Transmute' The Alchemist asks the player if they've heard of equal trade. In which the player responds with ‘What, like ‘sell 1k coal 200ea’'
- During Doric's Quest, when you have the exact amount of items needed in the backpack before starting the quest
- When using the the blue egg sac on Sraracha, with the chatbox message mentioning "In a scene so disgusting the artists refused to animate it".
- The Account Guide on Tutorial Island tells the player that the character they're playing on is their account and tells them about membership and bonds.
- Count Check talks to the player about secure passwords, email verification, and authenticating their account.
- The Account Security Tutor also talks about secure passwords, email verification, and authenticating the player's account.
- The Security Book found in various general stores and given to the player by the Security Guard at Port Sarim Jail gives the player general tips on how to protect their account.