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.

Nostalrius has decided handing its WoW emu code to Elysium wasn’t such a good idea after all

So here's a twist in the Nostalrius saga that we didn't see coming: The group has changed its mind about supporting its...

Elysium opens up yet another Nostalrius server

The pro-vanilla World of Warcraft community is fond of flinging Blizzard's "you think you do, but you don't" around as a defense...

New Sims Online emulator shifts from open to closed beta following excessive player demand

'Tis the season for emulators! Think back to 2002 MMORPG The Sims Online, what our own Justin Olivetti once called "an interesting...

New Nostalrius PvP server goes live this weekend

Just when you thought you were going to get through the new year without a single mention of Nostalrius, January 2017 kicks you...
Yes, this assuages my nervousness, you bet.

The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2016

Last week, we posted a rundown of the most popular MMORPG articles of 2016, calculated strictly by the number of pageviews they got. Today, we're...

Gamers resurrect LEGO Universe as Darkflame Universe with January alpha

Forget 2017; today I'm going to ask you to think back to 2010, when the folks behind LEGO decided it would be a great...

MMO Year in Review: New Eden free-for-all (November 2016)

This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before...

MMO Year in Review: WoW’s legacy server snarl (April 2016)

This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before...

Exclusive: Indie sandbox El Somni Quas arena design dev diary

Last week, we covered new info about El Somni Quas, an indie sandbox from Czech studio that actually cut its teeth on...
FEEL THE NOISE

The new Nostalrius emulator suffered six DDOS attacks on launch day

Apparently some folks are taking the relaunch of the Nostalrius servers very badly: Team Elysium, the group behind the newest World of...
No, saying that you don't care is not actually an answer.

Take a look back at the end of Star Wars Galaxies

There's a new Star Wars movie out now; you may have heard about it. Heck, you might have gone to see it already. But...

25000 people have signed up for the new Nostalrius server so far

According to a tweet by the original folks behind Nostalrius, the new version of the World of Warcraft classic emulator has already (or...

Elysium gears up for Nostalrius emu character transfers and relaunch

Back before BlizzCon, the admins of the sunsetted illegal World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius issued a threat, demanding that the game studio create...
It also featured fewer Dwarven Shaman, simply because the WIldhammer just did their own things.

Nostalrius is resurrecting next week. Your move, Blizzard.

After a yearlong saga that involved the shutdown of an illegal World of Warcraft emulator, fan outcry, Blizzard's high-profile meet-and-greet...

The Game Archaeologist: A talk with the man behind EQOA’s revival project

This past week we reported on an ongoing attempt by a small group of faithful EverQuest Online Adventure fans to bring back...
Yes, yes it is.

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMORPG stories of 2016

As we start to come to grips with the fact that we will be turning over the calendar into 2017 in one short month,...
A long time ago, in a galaxy... oh, you know.

Star Wars Galaxies players can ‘come home’ to a new NGE emulator

The underground rebels of the Star Wars Galaxies community continue to fight to keep the MMO alive any way that they can. One...

Mark Kern renames Ember to Em-8ER, picks up Nostalrius programmer

Earlier this month, Mark Kern's "massive planetary wargame" shooter Ember got a new name and logo: Em-8ER. "While still pronounced 'Ember,' we changed the...

Nostalrius releases WoW emu source code to community, Elysium plans Nostalrius shards

Back before BlizzCon, the admins of the now-sunsetted illegal World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius issued a vague threat. "If Blizzard doesn’t...

Mark Kern posts new WoW Legacy server petition ahead of BlizzCon

There's yet another petition related to legacy World of Warcraft servers live this week, this one begun by Mark Kern himself. Kern (more...

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