What Is the Computer Game Played in Big Bang Theory?


Diego Sanchez

The Big Bang Theory, a popular American sitcom, has captured the hearts of many fans worldwide with its witty humor and geeky references. One such reference is the computer game that the characters often play – “Age of Conan.” Let’s dive into what this game is all about.

What is Age of Conan?

Age of Conan is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Funcom. The game is set in the world of Hyboria, a fictional continent where players can create their own character and embark on various quests, battles, and explorations.


Players start by creating their character, choosing from various races such as humans, elves, orcs, and more. They can also choose their character’s class such as barbarian, assassin, or mage. Each class has its own unique abilities and playstyle.

The gameplay involves completing quests given by non-playable characters (NPCs), battling monsters and other players in player versus player (PvP) combat zones or raids. Players can also form guilds with other players to tackle tougher challenges together.


Age of Conan was initially released in 2008 to mixed reviews. While praised for its graphics and storyline, it was criticized for its lack of content and buggy gameplay. However, over the years, Funcom has released several updates and expansions to address these issues.

The Big Bang Theory Reference

In the show, Age of Conan is often played by Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his friends Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). They are shown playing the game on multiple occasions while discussing various aspects of it such as character development strategies or in-game items.

The characters’ obsession with the game is often used as a plot device in the show, with Sheldon once even missing a funeral because he was too engrossed in playing Age of Conan.


Age of Conan may not be as popular as other MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV, but it still has a dedicated fan base. The game’s inclusion in The Big Bang Theory has also helped to bring it into the spotlight.

Whether you’re a fan of the show or just looking for a new MMORPG to try out, Age of Conan is definitely worth checking out. Who knows, you might even find yourself getting lost in the world of Hyboria just like Sheldon and his friends.