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: The silent world of Tibia

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If I were to tell you that there's a Western MMO out there that's as old as Ultima Online and yet still has a...

The Game Archaeologist: Highlander Online

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One of the things that I love about Massively Overpowered's readership is how fans often bring games to my attention that I never knew...

The Game Archaeologist: Six videos from MMOs that never launched

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Whenever I compile lists or run articles on MMOs that never made it out of the gate, it seems as though talking about it...

The Game Archaeologist: Middle-earth Online

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I suppose there will always be a special place in my heart for Lord of the Rings Online. Not only is it one of...

The Game Archaeologist: True Fantasy Live Online

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As an extremely amateur historian -- and an extremely attractive archaeologist -- I've always been fascinated with the "what ifs" of gaming's timeline. What...

The Game Archaeologist: Sega’s 10six MMO

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If you were to think of Sega and MMOs, chances are the only thing that would come to mind is the Phantasy Star Online franchise....

The Game Archaeologist: Eight launch trailers from classic MMOs

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When YouTube first became a thing, I dismissed it as a site that was mostly preoccupied with people talking into cameras in an attempt...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Age of Camelot

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Today, we take a trip to England, but not the England of our timeline. No, this is the England-That-Could-Have-Been, the England of King Arthur,...

The Game Archaeologist talks to the Asheron’s Call super-fan

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A little while back, I received a rather passionate email from Massively OP reader Diego regarding Asheron's Call. He had quite a lot to...

The Game Archaeologist: The Shadow of Yserbius

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Really, I blame my parents for not being filthy rich. If they had been, we could've afforded the $130/month unlimited subscription fee to the ImagiNation...

The Game Archaeologist: Five eye-opening videos about the MMORPG genre

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When it comes to tracking down history for MMOs, I've found that there are an array of sources at hand that have preserved (unwittingly...

The Game Archaeologist: Puzzle Pirates

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Up until this point in my life, Puzzle Pirates has always been that "Oh yeah, that actually exists!" game to me. Even when I...

The Game Archaeologist: Myst Online Uru Live

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The impact of Myst's launch in 1993 was akin to an atomic bomb going off in the PC gaming world. The leap forward in graphical...

The Game Archaeologist: Saga of Ryzom

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Every so often I get requests to cover such-and-such game in this column. These are often incredibly obscure titles, even to me, and when...
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The Game Archaeologist: Guild Wars Utopia

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Aztecs. Chronomancers. Mounts. Halberds. Golems. Dual wielding. These are all but a hint of what a fourth Guild Wars campaign could have been, a campaign...

The Game Archaeologist: The Wish that wasn’t

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First of all, "wish" is one of those words that ends up looking dang strange the more you focus on it. Wish, wish, wish,...

The Game Archaeologist: The sad saga of Stargate Worlds

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In 1994, a science-fiction movie called Stargate took the idea of alien portals that allowed people to travel instantaneously across the universe and turned it...

The Game Archaeologist: Meridian 59

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A colony founded through a magical nexus, Meridian 59 had it all going on -- until, that is, the portal to the colony collapsed...

The Game Archaeologist: 1988’s Monster

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"You're in the middle of a vast hall stretching out of sight to the east and west. Strange shadows play across the high vaulted...

The Game Archaeologist: Ten strange pre-release facts about World of Warcraft

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An endless ocean of words, a tsunami of thoughts, and a riptide of fan devotion has flooded the gaming world about World of Warcraft...

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