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.

Into the Super-verse: Catching up with the big superhero MMOs

With the weirdness of the quarantine and how it's been impacting game development, I thought it might be a good time to take a...

The Daily Grind: What dead MMOs are you missing while under quarantine?

MOP reader Tyler wrote us a few weeks ago, pining for lost games during this time when so many people are under pandemic lockdown. "I...
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Free Realms Sunrise rogue server readies beta, adds housing

For those missing Sony Online Entertainment's long-departed Free Realms, the only hope they've had has rested in the hands of a volunteer dev team...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO rogue server do you recommend trying?

It is truly heartening to see so many sunsetted MMORPGs being revived thanks to the tireless efforts of rogue server operators. Preservation of these...

The Star Wars Galaxies rogue server community is collaborating on a multi-emu support project

Feeling a little disconnected from the world right now? You're not alone, and multiple MMO communities are coming together to try to fix that....

Working As Intended: Deep-diving Star Wars Galaxies’ endgame crafting

When I leaped back into Star Wars Galaxies via the SWG Legends rogue server mid-2018, I didn't really truly think I'd stay all that...

SEGS moves its engine and client to City of Heroes Issue 2 assets

Good news for the people following SEGS, as the emulation project is moving both its custom engine and client over to the City of...
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Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning WAAAGHs its way to success

So let's talk Warhammer Online for a few minutes, shall we? The cult MMORPG ran for six years from 2008 to 2014, at which...

Take a peek at Korean mobile MMO TERA Hero in action

Over the past few weeks, we've been reporting on TERA Hero, the Korean mobile MMO version of the original TERA which first started off...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends celebrates four years online, teases next year’s goodies

Happy fourth birthday, Star Wars Galaxies Legends! The most popular NGE rogue server for SWG has been marking its fourth anniversary with a new...
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation of...

Shadowbane emulator SBEmu announces a sixth season server wipe on January 11

Who here remembers Shadowbane? It was an open PvP MMORPG that ran between 2003 and 2009 and is the game that pretty much inspired...

The best Massively OP community polls of 2019

Time for another annual tradition here on Massively OP: the counting of the polls! Yes, we run a bunch of polls in our irregular...

MassivelyOP’s 2019 Golden Yachties: Best MMO April Fools’ joke that wasn’t a joke

MassivelyOP's not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards continue today with our pick for Best MMO April Fools' joke that wasn't a joke. If you're wondering what the...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends teases January update, Carrie Fisher tribute event tonight

There's a content update on the horizon for Star Wars Galaxies Legends and it apparently really enjoys being a Sith. The sandbox rogue server...

The best Massively OP streams of 2019

Massively OP's Stream Team - with MJ and her sidekicks Larry and Chris at the helm - changed up its streaming tactics this year,...

Chewbacca has a Life Day message for Star Wars Galaxies Legends fans

We all know that the Star Wars Galaxies Legends emulator has a special place in many players' hearts. Heck, even having the thing online...

The Daily Grind: What was the best MMO emulator or rogue server in 2019?

So 2019 turned out to be a pretty damn interesting year for fans of old MMORPGs. Not only did WoW Classic launch and bring...
Ho, then when I say so, ho again.

The Massively Overpowered 2019 winter holiday MMO roundup

The holidays are here! Well, most of them are. Some of them might not be. And as is tradition here at Massively Overpowered, we...
Here we go.

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2019

After 10 years of covering MMORPG news, I can assure you that I am still fired up to keep doing this. One of the...