Get a crash course in the history of MMOs

    
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Wow.

Despite what your game’s general chat might argue, World of Warcraft wasn’t the first MMO and online games didn’t magically become a thing with Ultima Online. The real history goes back much further and is more complex than that.

If you only have a few spare minutes to get a handle on the vast history of MMOs over the last five decades, Medium has a new piece up that covers the years, technology, and key figures that helped make online gaming the way that it is today.

You might just learn a thing or two to put those general chat armchair historians in their place: “A landmark in video game history, MUD1 would define the genre. While the PLATO RPGs were all about combat and stats, here the exploration and social aspects were at the forefront. Combat was just a type of obstacle, or a drastic way to interact with other players, if you so desired.”

And since the article links to quite a few of Massively OP’s Game Archaeologist columns – almost 30 times! – we might just see you right back here in a few minutes anyway!

Source: Medium
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Paragon Lost

Fond memories of playing Moria, Trek etc on a Trash-80 as we referred to the TRS-80. Cassette drives, couplers, BBS’s oh my. Later on GEnie Roundtables, Aladdin software to log in and snag all the marked new messages from the areas you read plus email. Kesmai, Simutronics, Air Warrior, DragonsGate, Gemstone, Hundred Years War and melted VISA credit cards due to hourly connection fees. Where did the time go. Lol

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Dean Greenhoe

Well I did some gaming on my Commodore 64, but that was far from an mmo. Will have to check out that High Score.

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Definitely check out High Score, i planned on watching the rest on the weekend, /record scratch, dropped 2 more last night, boy there is a lot i didn’t know, much of the content is familiar in that i lived through all that but was a Sega devotee.

I never got into any of the drama, or happening’s, tbh had no idea there was any, i just loved playing.

Never touched (to this day) a Nintendo, dunno i was more into adventure/rpg’s and seemed Sega was better overall, where Nintendo just seemed all Mario.

I was surprised af there were Nintendo game counselor’s, you could call up and get hints, unreal. On Sega drew my own maps, you’d play one rpg for an entire winter.

Had no idea how far back Roberta Williams, and Richard Garriott got started, and how they did get started. I loved Sierra games so much. Was very disappointing when they started to fizzle out.

Amazing documentary.

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Everyone should check out High Score on Netflix as well, specially us oldschoolers, omg so good!

thx for the article heads up looks to be an excellent read. Noticed my pet pc in there haha which my uncle gave to me for free becasue he bought the TRaSh-80 (i think) didn’t care FREE COMPUTER!!! had some good times on that as a kid.

All of a sudden flooded with nostalgia.

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krieglich

Just finished High Score today and I’m right with you: such a great documentation.

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Was playing my DK, fired up High Score to check it out, some back ground show kinda thing like i’ll do with reruns of ST or whatever and yeah wasn’t playing at all anymore, even noticed my character under attack as was like that’s nice, so engrossed, here is my DK a ghost, lmao, deal with it later. Watched 2 episodes, binge out the rest this weekend.

It was unexpectedly brilliant!