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.

Free Realms rogue server Sunrise begins taking beta sign-ups

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With this past December's sale of Daybreak to a new owner, it brings to mind all of the MMOs that didn't make it to...

Massively OP’s 2020 Awards: Best MMO Crafting

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MassivelyOP’s end-of-the-year awards for 2020 continue today with our award for Best MMO Crafting, which was awarded jointly to Final Fantasy XIV...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMO stories of 2020

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Earlier this week, we named our biggest MMO story of the year and gave it an award, though we imagine it's hard for...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends will launch Bespin as the City in the Clouds expansion in early 2021

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Star Wars Galaxies rogue server Star Wars Galaxies Legends has some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that...

The Daily Grind: What was the best MMO emulator or rogue server in 2020?

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Fun fact: We came up with "rogue server" last year in an attempt to disambiguate the word "emulator" and remove some of the whitewash...

Winter holiday events in Runes of Magic, AQ3D, Blades, SWGemu, Destiny 2, Champions Online

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While our big winter holiday MMO roundup event isn't coming out until next week, the snowflakes are piling up around us anyway and we've...

Even Star Wars Galaxies emulators are getting in on The Mandalorian hype

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Star Wars The Old Republic and Star Wars Squadrons aren't the only Star Wars games in town milking The Mandalorian's latest season...

City of Heroes rebuild project SEGS expects to have an alpha by the end of the year

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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...

Hellgate: London’s rogue server schedules its beta for Halloween

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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...

Massively Overthinking: How to deal with cheater scum in MMORPGs

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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...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile is not just a mobile copy of Black Desert

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Last week, I taught my freshman classes basic email etiquette. In a time of distance learning, it's an important skill to teach. We looked...

Star Wars Galaxies Restoration III is a new rogue server blending the CU with the NGE

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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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Usually rogue servers and game emulators like to stay on the down low as to not draw any unwanted attention from the legal owners...

The Daily Grind: How do you decide whether to play an MMO rogue server?

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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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The title for today's Daily Grind isn't exactly what you think it is, so consider this a trick to see who read the whole...

Whatever happened to Secret World Legends, The Realm reboot, and Shadow’s Kiss?

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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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