emulator

In the MMO genre, an emulator is a playable, private version of an MMO run by players independent of a game studio. Both sunsetted and extant games are emulated with varying degrees of moral and technical support from the community and the studios; some develop their games better than the original and even attempt to charge fees or take donations. Despite the claims of emulator runners, private emulators are generally illegal under DMCA laws and violate the terms of service of most online games, but some studios and many players choose to look the other way.

The Daily Grind: Do you think WoW Classic is destined for greatness or utterly doomed?

Since the formal announcement this week that WoW Classic is launching in August, I've seen multiple mainstream games journos opine that, well, you...

Warhammer Online lives on thanks to a free-to-play private server

Our own Justin Olivetti jokingly referred to our site as "Massively Emulated" in private chat for what should now be patently obvious reasons,...

Age of Empires Online lives on in the Project Celeste player-run emulator

'Tis the season for player-run servers, right? And we've got another for you to take a peek at: It's for Age of Empires...

Star Wars MMOs pay tribute to the life of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew

Star Wars fans are in mourning tonight as the original actor behind everyone's favorite walking carpet Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, is now one with...

Classic PlanetSide fans keep their favorite MMOFPS alive

While we have heard a lot about a certain superhero MMO recently that the community is attempting to resurrect, there are several other sunsetted...

Two weeks in, City of Heroes has four rogue servers and heartwarmingly massive queues

Two weeks after we first broke the story confirming the City of Heroes secret private server leak, the game has turned 15 years...
Oh, cool.

SWG: Beyond is the latest in a long line of Star Wars Galaxies emulators

Is it rogue server week or something? Fans have now announced another privately run Star Wars Galaxies server, this one called SWG:...

City of Heroes’ first new rogue server shut down over a fake legal threat, but admins say it’s coming back

 It appears that the City of Heroes rogue server that was up in testing all weekend has already run into trouble with what...

Lawful Neutral: Is it safe to play on City of Heroes’ inevitable rogue servers?

You CAN play on the City of Heroes rogue servers you're about to see springing up. But should you? Our law columnist looks into the legalities of the City of Heroes emulation situation.

The City of Heroes private server team has released its code [Update: The test server is live]

(This article has been updated since publication; updates are at the bottom!) Well, you wanted the City of Heroes private server code, and...

What’s going on with City of Heroes now: ‘This game is a unicorn’

Last night, following our podcast on the City of Heroes SCORE private server mess, I hung out on the SEGS Discord thanks to...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 217: City of Heroes after dark

Justin, Eliot, and Bree discuss the so-called "secret" City of Heroes SCORE private server slash emulator and why it has this long-running community up in arms.
It's gone.

Into the Super-Verse: The death of the City of Heroes community

Kingdom Come is a 1996 DC Comics miniseries by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. The central conceit of the story is that it...

Leaderboard: Where do you stand on the ‘secret’ City of Heroes emulator?

Last night, we covered the emerging scandal in the City of Heroes community and broke the confirmation that yes, there is in fact...

The Daily Grind: How open-ended do you want your MMORPGs to be?

A few months ago, MOP's Justin was gently teasing me about playing on a Star Wars Galaxies emulator, and he asked me about...

‘Secret’ City of Heroes emulator operators address SCORE leak drama, rebut personal info database rumor

If you've been around the post-sunset City of Heroes community long enough, you've probably heard the rumors that there's a secret City of...
This took some work.

Wizardry Online fans hope to ‘resurrect’ the permadeath dungeon crawler

Despite an impressive RPG pedigree that stretches back decades, the Wizardry franchise faltered when it came to breaking into the MMORPG market. Wizardry...

Free Realms Sunrise devs show off incredible progress in bringing back a sunsetted MMO

Free Realms is dead -- long live Free Realms Sunrise! For the past few years, this emulator project has endeavored to return...

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There's a curious air of Star Wars fandom going around this weekend -- for no discernible reason that we can identify -- and...

Hyperspace Beacon: I can’t believe I forgot these things about Star Wars Galaxies

For the last couple of weeks, I've been able to re-experience Star Wars Galaxies. After eight years, I noticed that I might have...

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