The 22-year-old Meridian 59 heads to Steam

    
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One of the MMORPG genre’s longest-running titles is finally making the jump to Steam in the hopes of picking up a new generation of players.

Meridian 59 announced that it will be launching on Steam this August 28th for anyone who would like to play the game but, for whatever reason, cannot fathom of thinking of downloading a game outside of that platform. The owners note that players will need to make an account through the website before logging into the MMO.

Meridian was released in 1996, when few people had heard of the internet,” the description states. “It became well-known for its exciting player-vs-player (PvP) combat system, often setting alliances of guilds against each other. It has been running almost continuously ever since. In 2010 it returned to its original creators, and now it’s open source and free to play. Come and see the game that started it all!”

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Adri

I think I just give it a try. I don’t think that I will play it for long but I gonna check it out.

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Tandor

Blimey, I wonder if I can track down my original account details!

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Roger Melly

I remember back in the late 1980’s talking with friends about the possibility of playing games with thousands of other players and them disagreeing with me and saying that such a thing was impossible but there might be a time when 20-30 people could play the same game .

hehe .

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Mewmew

Really text MUDs started it all right?

And then there were numerous graphical MMORPGs that required things like Compuserve and AOL to play that came out before Meridian 59. The open beta tests of The Realm Online and Nexus: Kingdom of the Winds also were on the general Internet before Meridian 59 :P

It certainly is a debatable issue, but it really seems to be a part of what helped push graphical MMORPGs forward rather than what started it all.

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P3lli

A wise man on this sea.

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officialfon

Meridian was the first 3D graphical – the first graphical I can remember was Neverwinter Nights on AOL which was tile-based and came out in 1991 (I played that along with Gemstone III and Terris back in the AOL days).

Nexus and The Realm were released to the public after Meridian 59 (they came out in 1996 and Meridian hit release in 1995) though not by much – however Meridian 59 Alpha and Beta was running a full year or two before the betas for The Realm and Nexus (both of which I was in – I think I successfully got into every beta for an MMO until WoW, and then after that there just got to be too many to keep up with) – and again the big deal was we were walking around in a full 3D immersive world! It was mind blowing.

Nexus and The Realm felt antiquated as soon as they released because I was already deep into Meridian when I got into the Beta for The Realm. Beyond those yeah there were tons of other graphical ORPGs around that time as well – but it wasn’t until Everquest that we had another 3D MMO and then Asheron’s Call shortly after, and at that point Meridian 59 had been out for years and multiple expansions.

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Minimalistway

Here we have surprise of the year award, i remember the game is free, will it be free in Steam? and check out the System requirement … it makes want to build old PC.

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Akagi

Requiring people to go to the website to register is a bad move. I’ve seen it backfiring on other such games on Steam.

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IronSalamander8 .

When I played EQ1, my guild; apparently started in M59 as mentioned by some of my guildies there as where they started.

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officialfon

What was your guild in EQ and what server?

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IronSalamander8 .

Khazi Traveling Circus on Fennin Ro.

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officialfon

Hah I went to Fennin Ro as well in the Dwarven RP guild The Grudge Bearers. Too funny :)

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Little Bugbear

Wow, it’s rare to see a game old enough to legally buy beer. Gratz, to Meridian and I hope it gets some more community members from going free to play on steam.

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camren_rooke

Wow was the first mmo.

>.>

<.<

Sorry.

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Roger Melly

lol I remember a guildie years ago worked out how many mmo’s came before WoW because someone said that in general chat trolling in Rift .

If I recall there were about 40 before it .

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im gonna try it. Ive read and wrote alot about it but never had first hand experience with classic

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Mewmew

It’s open PvP with full loot privileges over those you kill, so you really need to like that kind of thing to enjoy it.

My Uncle told me about how he played it when he was in High School – and how it’s Open PvP with full loot was one of the things that drove a great many people to really want something else.

I had done a study of early MMORPGs and the Internet in relation to female players (who *were* there for everything, including Meridian 59, The Realm, and the text MUDs that predated them) and my Uncle was a big source of information since he was playing that stuff and went on countrywide trips to meet groups of players etc.

He had some stories about the game that made me not want to try it ever, despite the fact that it’s been on and off and still around. But people who like open PvP with full loot privileges will like it.

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officialfon

Keep in mind that the game was not heavily gear based – so dropping all your loot wasn’t a TERRIBLE inconvenience – it wasn’t like you’d lose anything that you couldn’t get back in a few minutes/hours (save for a few very special and rare items) and all of us kept spare EVERYTHING for when that would happen. I hope you give it a try!

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Crowe

Cool, thanks for that tidbit. I’ll pass on checking it out. I’d give an old game a try but open PvP with full loot just wouldn’t be my thing.