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.

Star Wars Galaxies’ Restoration rogue server launches Schisms of Heretics with new Jedi content

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If there were an award for slick rogue server promotions, Star Wars Galaxies Restoration 3 would win it this month, as the announcement newsletter...

Open Perpetuum is bringing land mines, new weapons, and T4 balancing sometime in ‘Marchish’

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Markish your calendarsh because the Perpetuum emulator Open Perpetuum is going to be releasing Patch 31 sometime in "Marchish." When is Marchish? We're notsh...

The Game Archaeologist: Dragon Ball Online, the MMO that never made it to the west

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It was back in 1986 that Toei Animation, a Japanese company, brought a new series called Dragon Ball into the world. The initial run...

City of Heroes fans have City of Heroes Homecoming working on a Steam Deck

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It's already astonishing enough that City of Heroes: Homecoming is an officially licensed emulator, but now it's become a portable MMORPG thanks to the...

Whatever happened to EverQuest Online Adventures’ rogue servers?

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Rogue servers are on the brain right now, particularly since a certain superhero MMORPG got its rubber stamping, which brings us to look toward...

NCsoft has officially granted a City of Heroes server license to the Homecoming crew

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City of Heroes fans are in for a treat today - or a shocking surprise they were convinced was never coming, depending on their...

Star Wars Galaxies’ SWGEmu kicks off classic Wookiee Life Day for the holiday season

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The nice thing about the Star Wars Galaxies rogue server community is that there's a server out there with nearly every era of the...

The Daily Grind: Should MMO devs focus on quality-of-life features over content?

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Today's Daily Grind is not really about any one MMO, so hear me out. I came across a thought-provoking poll the other day from...
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Star Wars Galaxies Legends checks in with dev progress on heroics, deep space comms, and City Update 2.0

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If you've been wondering what's on the horizon for the Star Wars Galaxies Legends rogue server, then you're probably going to care about the...

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes emulator continues to improve, but it’s still in alpha

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It's been a year-plus since we last checked in with the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes rogue server project. Since it's been a while, there...

Open Perpetuum tests Patch 29’s adjustments to mechs, items, and sudden onsets of fog

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Open Perpetuum continues to motor forward with updates, though the upcoming Patch 29 is not quite as much of a barnburner as some of...

Marvel Heroes rogue servers are finally possible thanks to newly released emulator files

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Many of our readers and writers deeply miss Marvel Heroes, the MMOARPG that managed to capture something special - and was unceremoniously closed thanks...

SWGEmu celebrates Star Wars Galaxies’ 20th birthday year with a tribute video

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Yes, Star Wars Galaxies celebrated its 20th anniversary back in June - we wrote all about it - but we like SWG 'round these...

City of Heroes Rebirth brings buffing Pandora’s boxes, harder task force challenges, and power proliferation July 23

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It is the Dawn of Genesis for the Rebirth rogue servers of City of Heroes. Or rather, it will be when Issue 6 goes...

Star Wars Galaxies Restoration rogue server expands galactic civil war mechanics in latest update

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If you think the galactic civil war feature that played out in Star Wars Galaxies was kind of humdrum back in the day, perhaps...

Working As Intended: My 20 years of Star Wars Galaxies

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Last year, when Ultima Online turned 25 years old, I did a piece reminiscing on those early days and marveling that so much of...

SWGEmu’s Finalizer rogue server is apparently struggling to make its monthly budget

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One of the topics that doesn't get talked about all that much in the MMORPG rogue server space is how old-school emulators get paid...

Open Perpetuum continues building up features, PvE gameplay, and functions of its Gamma Islands zone

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Back in 2021 we noted a major revamp arriving to the Gamma Islands area of the fan-run Perpetuum emulator Open Perpetuum, with a full...

Ahead of Star Wars Galaxies’ 20th birthday, the Legends and Resto rogue servers are on the move

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The Star Wars Galaxies emulator and rogue server community is surely eyeing the game's 20th anniversary later this month and is already cueing up...

Toontown Rewritten’s fan festival will host original Toontown Online devs on panel

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At the top of the year, we shared the news of an in-person return for ToonFest, a fan festival for Toontown Online that is...

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