Massively OP’s 2018 Blooper Awards: Best feel-good moment for the MMO genre


Massively OP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for best feel-good moment for the MMO genre. And the winner is…

MMO preservation efforts

This bloopie is a bit of a multi-parter. Since 2015, we’ve been reporting on the EFF’s petition seeking exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow video game preservationists the authority to break DRM protections to make abandoned or ancient games work again. At the time, it didn’t apply to online games. By 2017, however, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) began pushing for exceptions for online games too. In spite of the truly gross behavior of the Entertainment Software Association, the US Library of Congress did indeed grant the DMCA exception for preserving online games this year, leading MADE to offer to preserve any and all sunsetted MMORPGs so that they’re available for museum-goers and academics.

Relatedly, MMO studio Portalus, the custodian of Pirates of the Burning Sea, turned the game over to players rather than take it offline when the company closed down. In fact, we’ve seen a bit of a resurgence of emulators, authorized and otherwise, this year.

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you’re at it.


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Is that what they are called? Bloopies? Better copyright it, MOP. It is perfect.

Hmm. I like the preservation efforts and huge progress. It is a huge step in validating and ensuring MMOs are cultural artifacts.

But I also caution that in order to preserve them as artifacts, they don’t have to be full-blown versions of games.

Unfortunately, for me, the feel-good moments that stand out are schadenfreude occurrences. I don’t feel good about feeling good, though. But I can’t deny grinning at EA and Activision getting slammed in the stock market. And I’m rooting for government agencies looking into loot boxes.

It hasn’t been a great year for games in general, IMO. And sadly, that is what I’m left with.
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Danny Smith

Countries finally starting to deal with “funpay minibuys” was a pretty good moment.

Oleg Chebeneev

Lost Ark coming to Russia (hopefully) soon

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I am stopping by just to type one thing:


~~Bree Royce 2018

Bryan Correll

Whoooaaa! Check out those bloopies!