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.

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.

The Daily Grind: What skills should MMOs give players – but never do?

I was reading the patch notes for the latest update to my favorite Star Wars Galaxies emulator when this line just leaped...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that desperately need proper player housing

Here's something pretty encouraging to me: When I sat down to work on an article listing MMOs that really could use but lacked proper...

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst Halloween event in the MMOverse?

No real salt from me today: I personally loved Star Wars Galaxies' Halloweeny Galactic Moon Festival, as ridiculous as it was, and as I...

You can play long-sunsetted Motor City Online offline thanks to emulation

If you were gaming back in those heady MMO days before World of Warcraft, you probably remember Motor City Online, a short-lived racing...

The MOP Up: Sony’s PlayStation 3 sunset apocalypse

Sony's decision to shut down several online servers for some past PlayStation 3 games on October 25th is shaping up to be a sunset...

1999’s Infantry Online has been revived and restored by its community

Hands up: Did any of you play a game called Infantry Online back in the day? And by "back in the day," we...

Halloween 2018 is live in City of Heroes map emu Paragon Chat ahead of October 20 party

Who says ya can't have holidays in a dead MMO? You can get your Halloween on in City of Heroes right now -...

Massively Overthinking: The sunsetted MMOs we never played

I've been thinking a lot about MMO sunsets lately, thanks to WildStar, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and even that ridiculous
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City of Heroes emulator SEGS estimates it could be ready in a year and a half

We freely admit that SEGS may not have the most catchy title in the world, but it does have a goal which is...

Star Wars Galaxies emulator Empire in Flames is launching its post-Endor PvP system

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about my return to Star Wars Galaxies on the Legends server, an NGE emulator...

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