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.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 266: Feline fine for April Fools

Justin, Bree, Carlo, and Ben discuss April Fools, Elyon, Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert, RuneScape, City of Heroes, World of Warships, SWG Legends, LOTRO, WoW Classic, Legends of Aria, shortie races, and gaming disorder.

RuneScape talks about Archaeology adjustments, an Easter event, and visual updates

RuneScape is feeling the spring season and emerging from the winter cold with another load of updates for the week, the more notable...

The MOP Up: Darkfall Rise of Agon heats up

No, Darkfall Rise of Agon's map up there didn't just contract chicken pox; that's a "heat map" showing all of the bloodthirsty...

Ultima Online’s next update will feature an overhaul to its quest system

With Publish 108 out the door, it's time for Ultima Online to look forward to Publish 109, which will feature an overhaul...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box

In the MMORPG genre, April Fools' Day is especially relished as a time in which developers and studios can get a bit wacky and...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...

Old School RuneScape plots the return of the Bounty Hunter minigame

Let's provide a little bit of background: Earlier this year, Old School RuneScape had to remove the Bounty Hunter minigame as a result...
Dig it.

RuneScape adds in the new Archaeology skill for excavating and cleaning artifacts

We promise you, after this line there will be absolutely no jokes about whether or not you can "dig" the latest skill added to...

Massively Overthinking: What do you hoard in MMORPGs?

Last week, online gamers made headlines for hoarding toilet paper. No, not in real life - in Fallout 76. Way to embrace...

Old School RuneScape makes several small improvements as RuneScape shows off Archaeology rewards

Jagex is still pretty busy with both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, with the former providing another look at Archaeology and the...

Ultima Online’s 108th update is live with housing decay overhaul and Treasures of Tokuno

Ultima Online may be a million years old, but it's still getting updates, and in fact, its 108th publish has officially dropped...

RuneScape releases the Zodi-yak Track and digs into Archaeology in a livestream

RuneScape is looking both into the dirt and at the stars with this week's series of news updates. As of today, players of...

COVID-19 roundup: GameStop, unions call foul, Square-Enix, race cars, Blizzard, Skyforge, and Ultima Online housing

Welcome back to another quick roundup of news bits all about how COVID-19 has impacted even our MMO corner of the gaming world. Also...
Cold times

The MOP Up: Big huge numbers for Monster Hunter World and Sky

We assume that there are some of you out there who get an injection of dopamine anytime that we mention Big Huge Numbers here...

The Game Archaeologist: Shenmue Online

If you ever stumble across a Dreamcast enthusiast -- and believe me, they are everywhere -- on the forefront of their diatribe about how...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO topics have you changed your mind on over the years?

On last week's Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I took a stab at answering a fun question from MOP reader and listener Pieter...

Old School RuneScape discusses buy-in fee removal and other changes to Last Man Standing

For the PvP player of Old School RuneScape, there are perhaps fewer finer joys than the Last Man Standing competition. Or, at least,...

RuneScape offers more Archaeology details and confirms the return of the Yak Track

Oh man, I almost got away with not seeing the gaggle of RuneScape updates, but then Bree gave me the puppy dog eyes...

Perfect Ten: Original MMOs that never came to be

"What could have been" is a path that I travel frequently, especially when I write The Game Archaeologist column. It genuinely haunts me...

Coronavirus roundup: GamesCom 2020 is still planned for August – for now

With GDC and E3 closing their doors, you might be wondering about GamesCom 2020, originally set for August this summer. Will the coronavirus...

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