classic mmo

Generally used to describe MMOs from before World of Warcraft’s launch in 2004, though sometimes shortened to describe just the first few MMOs launched prior to 2000.

The Realm Online shares details on its PvP-centric seasonal server opening April 16

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Who says that an old game can't try new things? That's the case for The Realm Online, which we noted previously for having plans...

The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s April Fools dungeon

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April Fools Day may be past, but its spirit lives on in Neverwinter! This past week's small patch opened up a mini-dungeon for goofy...

The Game Archaeologist: Lifestorm, Japan’s first MMORPG

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In comparison to how widely that China and Korea's game development studios embraced MMORPGs right from the beginning, Japan's been curiously low-key in creating...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster shares the secret of good social design in MMOs

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Raph Koster, the game designer behind Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Playable Worlds' upcoming project, has posted yet another essay about MMORPG design,...

The Daily Grind: Do you usually pick low-pop or high-pop servers in MMOs?

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The other day, MOP's Carlo posted a pic of Black Desert's server selection screen, showing a ton of servers flagged "crowded" even at a...

Old School RuneScape makes its own Collection Log improvements and adds more Poll 74 changes

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One of the things we reported on yesterday was related to some Collection Log changes to RuneScape. Not to be outdone, Old School RuneScape...

RuneScape continues its 20th anniversary mini-quest, updates the Collection Log, and adds more follower pets

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"They say that April showers bring May flowers, so we hope none of you have hayfever, because we're anticipating a total deluge of content...

The MOP Up: Skyforge takes Switch players to the moon

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Earlier this year, Nintendo Switch users were treated to a full-fledged MMORPG with the launch of Skyforge on the platform. Now, Skyforge is taking...

The Game Archaeologist: The ballad of Fansy, EverQuest’s famous bard

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It was summer, 2001. EverQuest had just rolled out Sullon Zek, a no-rules "penal colony" server where the realm was as lawless as the...

RuneScape restores its first wave of accounts and applies combat changes, OSRS talks next steps for equipment balance

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After a March that the devs of Jagex and the fans of RuneScape would likely love to forget, the process of bringing back locked-out...

The Daily Grind: What’s the oldest MMORPG character you still play?

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Every year or so we'll do a conversation topic about the oldest MMO we still play. But realistically, the same couple of MMOs always...

RuneScape will begin returning accounts next week, outlines compensation and events arriving in April

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The road to this point for RuneScape has been a long and bumpy one that we've been highlighting over the past few weeks, but...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Online is off to the races

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Whether you head off to the horse races or play in a posse in Red Dead Online, you're going to get extra rewards for...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster posts a manifesto on the future of MMOs

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Believe us, we here at Massively OP are dying to know all of the details about the online game project that Raph Koster and...

Massively Overthinking: What are your MMO character customization dealbreakers?

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Back in February, when BlizzConline was at its height, part of the World of Warcraft community lost its mind over the revelation that Blizzard...

RuneScape eyes March 29 for its next update as account repairs continue, OSRS introduces a fishing skill boss

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RuneScape continues to wrestle with its weeks-long repair of accounts after the MMORPG's login servers had a spectacular meltdown that has forced Jagex to...

Five pioneering game titles that laid the groundwork for MMORPGs

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The easy (and tired) joke to make is that WoW was the first MMO, but there were plenty of ambitious multiplayer games that predate...

RuneScape isn’t resuming updates today after all, puts all focus on account repair

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RuneScape's server woes continue this week, though there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. MMO gamers will recall that at...

The Game Archaeologist: The online world of Diablo II

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Most of us probably weren't expecting to see Diablo II once again propelled into the spotlight in the year 2021, but the BlizzCon announcement...

Massively Overthinking: Are MMO social hubs overrated?

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MMO reader Random recently winged us an article from Kotaku arguing for the abolishment of pointless social hubs in video games. "Here’s a radical...

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