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.

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Back in the long long ago, before last year's City of Heroes revival, there was a group trying to bring back the game...

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In terms of online video game resurrections, Hellgate: London seemed like it was going for the world record at one point. The infamous...

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I'm sure it was a random coincidence, but last week two different Star Wars Galaxies emulators posted about steps they were taking against...

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One of the best (and arguably also worst) parts of the Star Wars Galaxies emulation community is just how many servers we have...

Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning’s second weekend of Twitch drops is about to begin

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Funny ol' world we live in where an MMORPG rogue server is having another round of Twitch goodies dropping on its fans. Warhammer...

Warhammer Online’s Return of Reckoning linked over 2200 accounts in Twitch

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We were pretty amazed last month when we heard that Warhammer Online's rogue server, Return of Reckoning, was getting Twitch drops. It...

Shocking almost no one, Dragon’s Prophet was yeeted off Steam

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So, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there's a Dragon's Prophet emulator out there that's...

Infantry Online rogue server asks for Daybreak’s help

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Last week, we covered the bizarre case of a Dragon's Prophet rogue server, which announced itself as a legitimate, partnered version of the...

The Daily Grind: How should MMO end-of-life care play out?

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Nonameplease recently sent us a concerned email about the future of MMOs, specifically Star Trek Online. "I have spent a ton of money on...

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Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly...

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Earlier this week, I trolled myself by picking up the charity Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. I say I trolled myself...

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Do you remember FusionFall? It was Cartoon Network's attempt at making its own kid-friendly MMO, operating between 2009 and 2013; we took

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MOP reader Tyler wrote us a few weeks ago, pining for lost games during this time when so many people are under pandemic lockdown. "I...

Free Realms Sunrise rogue server readies beta, adds housing

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It is truly heartening to see so many sunsetted MMORPGs being revived thanks to the tireless efforts of rogue server operators. Preservation of...

The Star Wars Galaxies rogue server community is collaborating on a multi-emu support project

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Feeling a little disconnected from the world right now? You're not alone, and multiple MMO communities are coming together to try to fix that....

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