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.

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Decentraland, Monster & Me, and Grand Fantasia

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!). Up first:...

Catching up with City of Heroes’ Homecoming rogue servers as NCsoft negotiations continue

It's been a while since we checked in on the flourishing City of Heroes rogue server community, but it's been busy indeed, with...

Choose My Adventure: Getting to the group stuff in TERA

My final week in TERA saw me hitting the ground running, looking to utilize whatever means I could to chow through the levels,...

Shadowbane’s player-run rogue server wipes to start a new season

Feeling more than a little antsy as you continue to wait for your PvP dreams to come true in Crowfall? You could chew...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends is working on Felucia – a new planet with new houses, player cities, and space zone

The upcoming addition of true Bespin content to Star Wars Galaxies rogue servers like the NGE-based SWG Legends has been a big...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best systems for helping newbies?

A while back I saw a deeply underrated post on the MMORPG subreddit about mentoring systems. I don't mean the kind of systems...

The MOP Up: Project Torque revs back up for another race

Car racing MMOs have endured bumpy runs in the genre, including the late Project Torque (also called Level R and HEAT Online). Torque...

New Star Wars Galaxies rogue server Sunrunner 2 blends pre-NGE and post-NGE content

So here's the thing about Star Wars Galaxies: The people who tell you NGE stunk are right. When it launched in 2005, it...
aw hell

WildStar’s Nexus Forever emulator shares a slice of progress

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Rogue Server Roundup: Toontown Rewritten, Chronicles of Spellborn, and SWG Legends

Emulators, pshards, rogue servers: Whatever you want to call them, they're buzzing with confidence right now. I mean, we legit got a properly formatted...

The pieces needed to build a WildStar emulator have been posted online

Have any of you seen the movie Contact? It's a sci-fi film about an alien radio transmission that contains instructions to build an interstellar...

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.

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