The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives


When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated that I was going to lose all of the Game Archaeologist articles that I had painstakingly researched over the years. So my mission with this space became two-fold: to rescue and update my older columns while continuing to add more articles to this series on classic MMOs and proto-MMOs.

I’ve been pleased with the results so far because TGA is a series that I really don’t want to see vanish. As MMORPG fans, we should consider it important to remember and learn about these older titles and to expand our knowledge past the more popular and well-known games of yesteryear.

Now that we have quite a catalogue of Game Archaeologist columns, I thought it would be helpful to end the year by gifting this handy guide to you that organizes and compiles our continuing look at the history of the genre. Enjoy!



MMOs from the 1990s

MMOs from the 2000s

MMOs that never launched


Believe it or not, MMOs did exist prior to World of Warcraft! Every two weeks, The Game Archaeologist looks back at classic online games and their history to learn a thing or two about where the industry came from… and where it might be heading.

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Chosenxeno .

As I read this list I can’t help but be grateful that WoW was my 1st MMORPG even though I’ve been out of it since Cata. (I think I did get some leveling in the next Expac but that was it). I had no idea that I was playing that would become the standard bearer. I look at that list and with all due respect, that’s a lot of time people can’t get back. Atleast they have the memories.

Thanks for the hard work Justin.

Oleg Chebeneev

Justin, with all that material and knowledge you could write a book “History of MMORPGs”

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Great post, Justin. Thanks.


Went through every link on the page! What game is that screenshot of the giant red ant from???

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I’m saving this, i’ll enjoy re-reading them.