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 MOP Up: Destiny prepares for Rise of Iron (September 11, 2016)

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The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...

Post-Endor Darklight SWG emulator seeks to be Star Wars Galaxies 2.0

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If the core SWG emulator and its many spinoffs aren't to your liking, Darklight SWG might be. Lead developer Jameson "Levarris" Connors explained to us...
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The Daily Grind: How much does your MMORPG character’s appearance matter to your gameplay?

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I like to think of myself as the kind of person who doesn't care all that much about aesthetics as long as a game...

The Stream Team: An anniversary stroll in the Star Wars Galaxies Emu

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The infamous Star Wars Galaxies launched 13 years ago tomorrow. As the game that tossed MassivelyOP's MJ down the rabbit hole of MMOs and...

Nostalrius team believes Blizzard ‘want[s] to have legacy WoW servers’

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The World of Warcraft vanilla emulator team Nostalrius, which undertook a mission into the depths of Blizzard's HQ this past weekend, has returned and...

Mark Kern says Blizzard took his vanilla WoW petition meeting ‘very seriously’

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Mark Kern, who this weekend went to Blizzard's campus armed with the printed vanilla World of Warcraft server petition, has returned from his meeting...

Mark Kern to deliver Nostalrius petition to Blizzard next week

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The Nostalrius team isn't the only one heading to Irvine to meet with Blizzard: The ex-WoW, ex-Firefall developer Mark Kern says he's locked in...

Nostalrius heads to Blizzard in June

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Blizzard's promise to meet with the team behind vanilla World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius was more than just lip service; the amateur devs reported...

Nostalrius team surveys community about a World of Warcraft legacy ruleset

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As we've been reporting, the team from the shuttered Nostalrius World of Warcraft emulator has been appointed as "ambassadors" of a sort to represent...

Leaderboard: What must a classic WoW server have to make you play it?

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Word yesterday that Blizzard has invited the "progressive vanilla" Nostalrius emulator team to Blizz HQ, presumably to discuss World of Warcraft and not the...

Nostalrius admins to meet with WoW execs

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Earlier this week, Blizzard responded to calls for a vanilla World of Warcraft server by suggesting it wouldn't do a vanilla server but would...

EverQuesting: Daybreak is on the right side of the MMORPG legacy server debate

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WoW is stupid. Yes, I said it. World of Warcraft is dumb. More accurately, I should say Blizzard is stupid. The reason? Its stance...

BBC news reports on World of Warcraft Nostalrius server shutdown

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The shutdown of Nostalrius is not going quietly into the night. The wake of the World of Warcraft vanilla emulator's closure under the threat...

Working As Intended: Busting up the MMORPG nostalgia party

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Last week, a clever Massively OP commenter, SC_Deadline, neatly summed up the ongoing Nostalrius emulator shutdown as Blizzard "bust up someone's nostalgia party," which...

The Daily Grind: Would you play on a vanilla World of Warcraft server?

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Word that wildly popular "progressive vanilla" World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius is sunsetting in the face of a Blizzard legal threat has dominated MMORPG...

WoW emulator Nostalrius’ sunset renews calls for retro WoW servers

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As we reported last night, Blizzard lawyers issued a legal threat against popular vanilla World of Warcraft emulator server Nostalrius, propelling its administrators to begin...

Blizzard’s legal threat shuts down WoW emulator Nostalrius

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Another World of Warcraft emulator bites the dust this week. Year-old "Progressive Vanilla" WoW emu Nostalrius announced on its official website that pursuant to a...

Global Chat: ARK invents new types of griefing

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Just when you thought you've seen every type of online griefing known to man, here comes another. In An Age grouses about how ARK:...

Global Chat: Oculus Rift, GW2’s philosophy shift, and emulator exploration

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The high cost of Oculus Rift brought a lot of discussion to the MMO blogosphere recently, with writers taking sides for and against the...

Global Chat: Making gaming resolutions

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Do you make New Year's resolutions for gaming? I do and I've seen more than a few bloggers come out in early January to...

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