classic mmos

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 Game Archaeologist: EA’s Motor City Online

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When we use the shorthand "MMO" for online games, it's always assumed that we're talking about swords-and-sorcery or sci-fi RPGs. However, the massively multiplayer...

The Game Archaeologist: Lost Continents, the Jules Verne MMO we never got

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If you're looking for an alternate vision of futuristic science fiction, you would do well to dive back into the worlds of 19th century...

The Game Archaeologist: Free Realms

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Its very name was a declaration of rebellion against the status quo. In an era that had yet to shift from a subscription-only model...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven ways EverQuest reshaped MMO history

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To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable desire to...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v4.0

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By far, my favorite column to write here at Massively OP (and the one that always takes the longest) is The Game Archaeologist. I've...

The Game Archaeologist: Fallen Earth

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I remember back when Fallen Earth first came out, I had some friends who were raving about it and doing everything in their power...

The Game Archaeologist: Deadlands Legends, the western MMO that never saw the light of day

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The saying goes that there is nothing new under the sun. So while you probably can't write an original setting that's never been seen...

The Game Archaeologist: The short ride of Auto Assault

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When you think of post-apocalyptic video games, what comes to mind? Most likely it's a crawl through a bombed-out or zombiefied landscape as you...

The Game Archaeologist: Mirrorworld

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In this column, we have previously journeyed to lands where you saw not with your eyes, but with your imagination. I speak, of course,...

The Game Archaeologist: Flagship’s Mythos

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Whenever the topic of Flagship Studios comes up, usually it's in conjunction with Hellgate: London. And while Hellgate certainly was a huge and ultimately...

The Game Archaeologist: Clone Wars Adventures, the Star Wars MMO everyone kinda forgot

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Whenever the topic -- the argument -- of Star Wars MMOs arises, the debate is usually between the merits of the sandboxy Star Wars...

The Game Archaeologist: World War II Online

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The 1990s saw the rise of flight simulators that thrived on detailed, complicated controls and handling. Such games threw out accessibility and casual-friendliness for...

The Game Archaeologist: When World of Warcraft opened Ahn’Qiraj’s gates

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This past month, Blizzard has been testing what might well be the milestone moment for World of Warcraft Classic: The Ahn'Qiraj gates event. In...

The Game Archaeologist: The virtual worlds of the 1990s

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With the increased speeds of modems and the move into 3-D space in the 1990s, some game designers thought it was a logical conclusion...

The Game Archaeologist: Were sequels ever a good idea for MMOs?

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From movies to books to video games, sequels (and all related spin-offs) are a common sight when a property is sufficiently successful enough. Even...

The Game Archaeologist: McDonalds’ McWorld MMO is a thing that existed

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If you thought that it was strange for MTV to create its own virtual world, then you probably are forgetting how desperate companies always...

The Game Archaeologist: The rise and fall of Landmark and EverQuest Next

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The year was 2013. Sony Online Entertainment was still a functioning and seemingly robust MMORPG studio, and its yearly SOE Live convention was a...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of play-by-email games

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For most all of human history, people who wanted to play a game together usually had to be in physical proximity with each other....

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

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

The Game Archaeologist: Shenmue Online

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

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