The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

This was once controversial!

While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing them for a few reasons. One, personal discovery and learning of MMOs that I was previously ignorant about is very interesting to me. Two, I want to document and preserve as much MMO history that I can before it fades into obscurity. And three, I get to talk about MMOs that are much different than the crop of modern titles that get the most press.

As I did around last Christmas, I’m once again delivering a comprehensive guide to all of the articles in this series sorted by decade and category so that perhaps you, too, may discover a few MMOs you never knew existed and trace the fascinating course of this genre’s history. Enjoy!


Proto-MMOs from the 1970s and 1980s

MMOs from the 1990s

MMOs from the 2000s

MMOs that never launched



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Earth Eternal. Although it still has a private sever

I really liked this game, I was so psyched for the developers to develop the full world map, but the game failed and they shut it down.
They were working on one zone that they didn’t release and the fanbase that made the private server completed the zone and released it as a playable territory as part of the private server.


Still waiting on that Neverwinter Nights retraction Justin. 😛


Not sure if you cover -still running- MUDs too but Achaea is actually still running somehow with many players and improved webclient(even has minimap and music, lol)

And tried a lot of the above gaming from 1997 to today

I think I dont see Dragon Raja on your list, I dont see Astonia – both popular in their times.Ashen Empires is kind of in maint for years now. Star Sonata?

You also dont have a lot of the first f2p games(most of korean or chinese origins) that appeared in market from early to late 2000s (Conquer Online/Eudemons Online/Zero Online(sunsetted), DO Online(Martial Heroes) which was my first 3D mmo, 9 Dragons, 2 Moons(Dekaron) and many others) and also the abundance of Pet Based Games back then(Stone Age, Monster & Me, Wonderland, Mythwars and many others)

And Oh my, the amount of MMOs I tried and/or played(I dont consider play anything less than a month) is scary

Castagere Shaikura

I really wish you guys would do a story about
Auto Assault and Firefall. I really miss those two games.