The Daily Grind: What’s the ‘deadest’ live MMORPG out there?

    
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If you were all prepared to troll with a sunsetted game or say “anything by Daybreak or Trion or whatever studio that’s popular to hate right now,” hold that in and keep on reading.

Last week, we covered the story about a blogger entering an online game called Active Worlds and finding it essentially abandoned. It was creepy, like photos of shuttered and overgrown amusement parks, and it may well have been a setup, but it did make me wonder about legit MMORPGs — the ones that are technically alive but not really.

I’ve had a hard time settling on one because even the ones I expect to be tiny, like Asheron’s Call, still bustle with life. I’d like to find some deserted MMO and cheer it on, to thank its creators for not pulling the plug, so I turn the suggestions over to you: What’s the smallest, deadest, but still living MMORPG out there?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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junta1987
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junta1987

Guild Wars 1. Its pretty dead. NCSoft should make it free2play

AiunTanks
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AiunTanks

mattaui TheDonDude Avarius WoD MUSHers represent!

AiunTanks
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AiunTanks

Leilonii Oh crap, I’m late!  Ryzom was one I was just thinking of fondly, too!

AiunTanks
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AiunTanks

Is there much of a pop on Ryzom anymore? I have a soft spot for that one from early launch days.

Jacra
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Jacra

AterNox
What else would it be?

syberghost
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syberghost

ZenJitzu syberghost woolydub yeah, sorry, I plain forgot about that. Cryptic North closed almost a year ago; I’m not sure who all is still with Cryptic, my ties with them have pretty much been completely severed. I log in once in a while to pick up free giveaways in STO and NW; I’ve probably logged into CO once in the last year, for five minutes.

LimitTimeGamer
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LimitTimeGamer

T-Crew was the deadest MMORPG i have ever played. I WAS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE 3 SERVERS the game was running.

Quinnocent
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Quinnocent

Oleg Chebeneev I almost feel worse when the games are still alive, though.  I’ll put RP-focused mu*’s aside, since they’re still some of the best RP environments out there, and they attract their own diehard fanbases as a result.

But the old MUD’s that used to be really, really huge?  They’re still around and populated, but those games are often wholly filled with max level characters, mostly bots and veterans who do nothing but use the game as a chatroom.  Even if you make a new character, you’re left to level alone, and the player orgs have all stagnated and withered.

I hate it when games shut down when they still have life left to live, but when a game is well and truly dead, I’d rather they just shutter it and let me keep my pleasant memories intact, rather than seeing a zombie version of it still shambling forward years later.

Quinnocent
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Quinnocent

Jack Pipsam Planetside’s death was the archetypal example of a common cause of death for kills classic games: unpoliced cheaters.  Once the studio dissolved, and active GM’ing/development ceased, it was basically over.  There are still some player GM’s who occasionally act as cover for organized player battles, but when they’re not on, a handful of hackers will wander around destroying anyone they come across..

Gylnne
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Gylnne

tanek_09 Actually never stuck with this one but wish I had. Some beautiful areas in it but a very high learning curve when you start.