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.

Massively Overthinking: Showing up vs. showing off in MMOs

Last week's Daily Grind about ambient sociability got a lot of MMO gamers talking about that desire to have people around, even if...

Travel to Bespin in one Star Wars Galaxies emulator… eventually

One of the things I always wish SOE had done more of with Star Wars Galaxies was add planets. Yes, it added Kashyyyk...
Cool times.

Paragon Chat hosts a winter formal in City of Heroes on February 9

Hang out with your fellow heroes, dress up, and enjoy a celebration of winter in Paragon Chat this Saturday with the winter formal!...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...

One Shots: Party on, Garth!

What makes for a really smashing party in an MMO? You can throw all of the prizes, pretend food, and decorations at the wall,...

Massively Overthinking: Why aren’t you playing the MMO most like your favorite sunsetted game?

This week's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from reader Smuggler-in-a-YT. "Star Wars Galaxies had its problems, but the sense of community, purpose, and...

Dungeon Runners is ‘reborn’ as a fan emulator that’s coming in 2019

Anyone remember Dungeon Runners? NCsoft's quirky action-MMORPG never was a massive hit, but it did garner its fair share of loyal followers. The...

Star Wars Galaxies emulator plans Carrie Fisher tribute event on December 27

When Carrie Fisher died two years ago this month, I actually sat in my car and cried. This is not something I normally do,...

SWGEmu reveals costly financial mishap, but the game will continue on

There's some dark news for the original SWGEmu project this week - this'd be the Star Wars Galaxies emu that spawned most of...

The Stream Team: Commemorating Star Wars Galaxies’ deathday in an emu

Massively OP's MJ celebrates Star Wars Galaxies with an Emu romp for its birthday, but this year she's also going to have a memorial...
I don't like this, but hey, someone did.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO emulation as a paean for the dead vs. a mockery of the living

If you ever need to know why we'll happily cover Star Wars Galaxies emulators and not Ultima Online emulators here on Massively Overpowered, the...

Toontown Rewritten’s latest player update buffs options and character movement

Massively OP's own Justin "The Game Archaeologist" Olivetti deep-dived the history of Toontown Online in his column just about a year ago, but...

City of Heroes fans plan sunset memorial vigil on November 30

If you're not feeling depressed enough about beloved MMOs this week with WildStar facing the firing squad, you can always relive the City...

Check out the new maps being built for City of Heroes’ Paragon Chat

City of Heroes refugees have long since scattered across the internet, spread among emulators, other superhero titles, and indie games being built in...

The MOP Up: Pagan Online slams ARPGs and MOBAs together

Tack this on your list of action-RPGs to watch. Mad Head Games announced that it is developing a blend of ARPG and MOBA with...

City of Heroes SEGS emulator patches in early content

Perhaps the best shot of getting City of Heroes back as we once knew it lies in the hands of the outlaw developers...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 194: It belongs in a museum!

Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO's progression server, Trion's travails, the Video Game Museum's big win, Hellgate London, ESO Murkmire, Wild West Online, and Just Survive, with mailbag entries on P2W in emulations and mainstream MMO condescension.
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Star Wars Galaxies’ original emulator teases Jump to Lightspeed space content

One of the reasons I favor the Star Wars Galaxies Legends emulator is that it's a late enough build of the game that...

US Library of Congress grants DMCA exception for preserving online games

It's a win for the good guys, at least if you figure the good guys are on the side of preserving video game and...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 192: Tricks and treats

MJ, Justin, and Bree discuss Trion's acquisition, Aion's Awakened Legacy, MMO Halloween, Black Desert's Russian un-fiasco, SWTOR, MapleStory 2, and ZeniMax's new maybe-MMO.

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