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.

Warhammer Online: Return of Reckoning fixes key open RvR issues, continues to work on Land of the Dead

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Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning busted out its first patch of 2022, bringing an Unforgiving Seas weekend warfront along with it. Two small...
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Warhammer Return of Reckoning plans new scenarios, new quests, and Necropolis of Zandr public tests

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The Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning has lots of big plans in 2022. Fresh announcements from the operators of the emulator outline...

Wizardry Online makes a comeback as a rogue server

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Those with good memories and perhaps a bit of personal experience might remember that for a hot minute back in 2013 and 2014, SOE...
Oh boy.

Star Wars Galaxies’s SWGEmu opens its Finalizer test server today

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Earlier this week we reported on news coming from the SWGEmu rogue servers of Star Wars Galaxies, which announced plans to open a new...
A long time ago, in a galaxy... oh, you know.

SWGemu rogue server group launches a new Star Wars Galaxies test server

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What would be a better Life Day gift this season than to get a brand-new server from the good folks that brought you the...

LEGO Universe emu Darkflame Universe has released its server source code

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In the middle of October we had to report the bittersweet news that the LEGO Universe emulator Darkflame Universe was going to shut down...

Asheron’s Call emulation is alive and well as its plugin framework just got a big update

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Asheron's Call fans are in for a treat today! Readers will recall that the original and beloved Asheron's Call launched 22 years ago this...

WildStar’s Nexus Forever allows for basic combat, leveling, and housing

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The next phase of WildStar resurrection project Nexus Forever is kicking in this week, with the team's leader warning testers that they may lose...
THIS IS NOT FINE! THERE WAS NO REASON TO LET IT GO THIS LONG OR GET THIS BAD!

WildStar’s Nexus Forever rogue server project pushes new build, warns fans to ‘not expect a full-featured experience’

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Just the other day, we were talking in the office about why WildStar hasn't seen a rogue server yet -- and wondering the only...

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer advocates for game preservation through emulators

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You have probably noticed by now that we here at Massively OP are proponents of game emulators for MMOs that have been decommissioned. Rogue...

Open Perpetuum reworks the Gamma Islands area and outlines a three-phase release schedule

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Open Perpetuum, the player-run and officially sanctioned emulator of the original sci-fi sandbox Perpetuum, is moving in to something of a major content release....

LEGO Universe emulator Darkflame Universe is going dark – but not before distributing its source code

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Darkflame Universe, the player-run emulator of the long-shuttered MMO LEGO Universe, has been rather quiet for a while now. Readers will recall that the...

SWG Legends caught exploiters mass-deleting ‘thousands’ of game objects

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If you got booted out of Star Wars Galaxies rogue server SWG Legends yesterday, know that a malicious exploit was the reason, and while...

Project 1999 players race to fight EverQuest bosses in a charity drive for a family

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Regular readers will recall that we've previously reported on Project 1999, an officially sanctioned player-run private emulator for EverQuest, primarily regarding things like its...

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s many MMO spin-off digital card games

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One thing that I deeply admired about old Sony Online Entertainment was that it strove to experiment, innovate, and take risks. Sometimes those special...

The Daily Grind: Do you *really* want MMOs to be constantly changing and evolving?

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On Napyet's podcast last year, I talked about the differences between SWGemu and SWG Legends, both Star Wars Galaxies emulators with very different goals....

Jedi have arrived to Star Wars Galaxies’ Empire in Flames rogue server

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We talk a lot about Star Wars Galaxies Legends and the SWGemu here on MOP, and we even covered the... let's call it tumultuous...
she's a killah

MOP’s quick and dirty guide to finding the perfect MMORPG for your tastes

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Probably one of the most commonly asked questions both here on Massively OP and in various MMORPG discussions everywhere else too is simply, "What...

The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest gameplay myth that persists in your favorite MMO?

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My husband is an avid Overwatch player, and the other day he pointed out to me that Blizzard has, in spite of its foibles,...

Massively Overthinking: Do you associate music with memory in MMOs?

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The other night, I tried to log in to the Star Wars Galaxies emu and the music hit me hard. See, I play SWG...

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