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.

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s many MMO spin-off digital card games

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The Daily Grind: Do you *really* want MMOs to be constantly changing and evolving?

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On Napyet's podcast last year, I talked about the differences between SWGemu and SWG Legends, both Star Wars Galaxies emulators with very different goals....

Jedi have arrived to Star Wars Galaxies’ Empire in Flames rogue server

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We talk a lot about Star Wars Galaxies Legends and the SWGemu here on MOP, and we even covered the... let's call it tumultuous...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest gameplay myth that persists in your favorite MMO?

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My husband is an avid Overwatch player, and the other day he pointed out to me that Blizzard has, in spite of its foibles,...

Massively Overthinking: Do you associate music with memory in MMOs?

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The other night, I tried to log in to the Star Wars Galaxies emu and the music hit me hard. See, I play SWG...

The Star Wars Galaxies Restoration III hybrid CU/NGE rogue server launches tonight

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We've been updating at the end of this post. The original article follows. It's a happy day for Star Wars fans in the MMO...

Which Star Wars Galaxies rogue server is for you? Here’s the best list we’ve seen

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The MMORPG rogue server industry is booming lately, you might have noticed, particularly for much-loved MMOs that were sunset for dumb reasons in the...

The Game Archaeologist: Jumpgate and Jumpgate Evolution

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Star Wars Galaxies Legends previews City in the Clouds expansion features in new trailer

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There's definitely been plenty of telling (and a fair bit of showing) over the past few months from Star Wars Galaxies Legends as it...

Riot Games’ demand to shut down a fan-run 10 year-old League of Legends build causes a community uproar

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Riot Games is back in the news for yet another unsavory reason as the League of Legends developer has acted against a fan-made emulator...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends finally puts a date on the City in the Clouds expansion: May the fourth

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Rogue server Star Wars Galaxies Legends has been teasing its Bespin expansion, called City in the Clouds, for literally years now. It was supposed...

MMO players are working on a Tabula Rasa rogue server, but it’s ‘a ways off’ from being fully playable

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This past Saturday we asked our readers what MMOs they felt should have a rogue server of their own. A great number of people...
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The Daily Grind: What cancelled MMOs deserve a rogue server?

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As a historian, game preservationist, and general MMORPG geek, it does my heart good to see players do their best to restore and operate...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends teases Bespin creatures coming in the City in the Clouds expansion

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If you're still anxiously awaiting the arrival of Bespin in the Star Wars Galaxies Legends rogue server, you're going to want to peek into...

Whatever happened to Mark Kern’s crowdfunded Firefall-successor Em-8er?

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We're taking a trip back to the halcyon days of Firefall to set the stage for this piece, so hop aboard the esports bus...

LEGO Universe emulator Darkflame Universe outlines its next steps to closed beta

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LEGO documentary details the saga of the LEGO Universe MMORPG

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Anyone here recall LEGO Universe? The game has had a bumpy history to say the least, much of which we've touched on when we...

EverQuest Online Adventures’ rogue server project, EQOA: Return Home, is still chugging along

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Back in 2019, we covered a heartwarming story about EQOA: Return Home, a player-run emulator for EverQuest Online Adventures, which readers will recall was...

Free Realms rogue server Sunrise begins taking beta sign-ups

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