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.

RuneScape introduces new loyalty crowns for long-time subscribers as double XP rolls on

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Long-term subscribers of RuneScape are once again being recognized for their loyalty to the MMORPG this week as Jagex is adding new crowns of...

The Game Archaeologist: The ’90s BioWare MMORPG that almost was

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These days, if you mention "BioWare" and "MMORPG" in the same sentence, it's most certainly going to be about Star Wars: The Old Republic....

Massively Overthinking: The MMO grudges we just can’t let go

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Back in April, MMO Fallout's Connor and I had a lil tweet convo about grudges. He was joking that there will be aged gamers...

Jagex unveils the three backer tiers for the RuneScape board game ahead of its Kickstarter drive

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Ready to throw money at the board game edition of RuneScape but aren't sure how much scratch to put aside? Wonder no more, as...

Perfect Ten: MMO critters so cute it makes your teeth hurt

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I vividly remember a conversation I had with my then-girlfriend's parents back in 1996 about the potential of this growing "internet" phenomenon. With my...

RuneScape details charitable bundles for mental health awareness, OSRS acts on Giants’ Foundry feedback

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It's time once again for another bundle of news updates out of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape. We start with RuneScape's usual weekly newsletter,...

Open-source MMORPG sandbox Ryzom has lowered its subscription price – again

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This spring, at least two major MMORPGs, RuneScape and EVE Online, made the bold move to increase their subscription rates as their playerbases grumbled....

Old School RuneScape breaks down PvP arena reward poll results and Giants’ Foundry feedback

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The ongoing development-by-committee process that steers Old School RuneScape has some fresh player reaction to boil down and disseminate. The devs have raked in...

Massively Overthinking: The minimum requirements for MMO player housing

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We've got housing on the brain lately, thanks to Ship of Heroes' housing beta, Final Fantasy XIV's botched housing lottos, Warframe's new housing, and...

RuneScape adds new ways to train firemaking and fletching, confirms May 31 start date for board game Kickstarter

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Are you a high-tier firemaker and fletcher in RuneScape? Then you're probably one of the very few. However, this week's update is introducing some...

The Game Archaeologist: Six cancelled MMOs that I wish had launched

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In my lengthy tenure writing The Game Archaeologist -- which dates back to May 2010, if you can believe it -- I've covered MMOs...

Old School RuneScape devs answer questions about the upcoming Giants’ Foundry minigame

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Smithies in Old School RuneScape are getting a new skilling minigame in the form of Giants' Foundry, so naturally there's plenty of curiosity about...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

Ultima Online rolls out Treasures of Fey Wrath event to the live shards

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Ultima Online has kicked off another artifact-laden server event in the form of Treasures of Fey Wrath. This particular version of the "treasures of"...

Working As Intended: LFD, community accountability, and the balance of power in classic MMOs

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At the heart of the WoW Classic argument over the dungeon finder tool is the professed belief that LFD ruined socializing in part by...
Never gonna get it, never gonna get it.

Perfect Ten: Things that turn me off from trying your MMO

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Hey, designers, we need to talk. So, if you haven't noticed, I like MMOs. And you're making an MMO. This should be a good...

The Daily Grind: Do you actually play the MMO characters you’ve used level boosters on?

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Lord of the Rings Online has posed an interesting conundrum for MMO players with its perhaps overly generous anniversary gifts. Tucked in among all...
treasure hunting is one step from lockboxes

RuneScape makes controversial Treasure Hunter changes, OSRS previews smithing minigame

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For those who like the lockbox-riddled Treasure Hunter in RuneScape, listen up: There are some more changes coming down the pike next week, intended...

Jagex and Steamforged Games detail the upcoming RuneScape board game and show off some minis

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The board game based on RuneScape is on its way (assuming its Kickstarter works out later this year, anyway), but that doesn't mean publisher...
Bless this hot mess.

EVE Online is hiking its sub price to almost $20 – and the price of PLEX is going up too

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RuneScape isn't the only major MMORPG announcing a price hike this month: CCP Games just told players that it's raising EVE Online's subscription fees. "To...

The Daily Grind: How would you solve Final Fantasy XIV’s housing problem?

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I bought my very first open-world house in an MMORPG as a teenager in 1997. A couple of friends and I decided to pool...

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