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: Perpetual’s Star Trek Online

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If you're among the legions of Trekkies, then you are almost certainly aware of Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online. Since early 2010, players have...

The Game Archaeologist: Online gaming service providers of the ’80s and ’90s

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As graphical MMOs took off in the 1990s with the advent of games like Neverwinter Nights, The Realm, and Ultima Online, many of them...

The Game Archaeologist: Asheron’s Call 2

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MMO sequels are funny animals. Sequels (along with prequels and "reimaginings") are ingrained into the entertainment industry so deep that it makes sense that...

The Game Archaeologist: Asheron’s Call

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It's hard being the youngest child -- you get the hand-me-downs, suffer through swirlies by older siblings, and eventually develop such a neurosis that...

The Game Archaeologist: Shadowbane

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Way back when I used to haunt the corridors of Gamestop and had yet to shun the place due to its stinky evil, I remember...
It was real, Justin.

The Game Archaeologist: Seed

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Seed is a game that I thought I must have dreamed up at some point. Do you ever have that happen? For years I...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Sun Online

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Computer RPG players in the late '80s and early '90s were surely familiar with Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) and its now-famous Gold Box series....

The Game Archaeologist: The assassination of Lord British

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At the end of August 2015, the fledgling Shroud of the Avatar community gathered together for a massive PvP fight. This wasn't to be...

The Game Archaeologist: Anarchy Online

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"The future in your hands." This was Funcom's promise to gamers in the early days of the 2000s. Even as the MMORPG genre slowly took...

The Game Archaeologist: Lucasfilm’s Habitat

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Some of you reading this may simply never have known a world before the internet existed by virtue of your age. It's not your...

The Game Archaeologist: Star Wars Galaxies’ NGE

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It became one of the most infamous moments in MMO history -- and perhaps one of the most misunderstood. For all that the MMO community...

The Game Archaeologist: Microsoft’s Mythica

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While Microsoft may be the big cheese when it comes to operating systems and worldwide domination, for whatever reason the company has the absolute...

The Game Archaeologist: Kingdom of Drakkar

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Kingdom of Drakkar, also known as Drakkar or even Kingdom of Drakkar II, is a really odd duck among the annals of MMO history....

The Game Archaeologist: The Sims Online

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The Sims Online was one of the odder entrants into the MMO genre, an online iteration of an immensely popular game franchise that promised...

The Game Archaeologist: The 4th Coming

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Over the years that I've been writing The Game Archaeologist, I've received more than a few requests to cover a game that was completely...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is aging the best?

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While we demand and expect playing perfection from MMOs on launch day, that's a pretty hilarious stance to take when one looks at all...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven MMOs operating on borrowed time

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Most everyone who knows me well will acknowledge that I'm not generally a cynical, dark person. I'm not rooting for games to fail, for...

The Game Archaeologist: Mythic’s Imperator Online

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It is a truly difficult thing to create something completely new and original, especially in storytelling and setting. It's perhaps impossible in this day...

The Game Archaeologist: Multiplayer BattleTech

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It was the 31st century, where feuding factions decided to settle their differences by throwing multi-ton war robots at each other. It was also...

The Game Archaeologist: AOL’s Neverwinter Nights

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Here's a question for you: How much do you really, really have to love a game to pay $6 to $8 an hour to...

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