free realms

Official Site: Free Realms (Wikipedia)
Studio: SOE, now Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: April 28, 2009
Sunset Date: March 31, 2014
Genre: Kid-Friendly Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS3, Mac

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

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One thing that I deeply admired about old Sony Online Entertainment was that it strove to experiment, innovate, and take risks. Sometimes those special...

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Raise your hands if you've been eagerly waiting for Lost Ark. Now give me a high five because as announced earlier today, it's finally...
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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...

The Game Archaeologist: Free Realms

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Its very name was a declaration of rebellion against the status quo. In an era that had yet to shift from a subscription-only model...

Free Realms rogue server Sunrise begins taking beta sign-ups

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With this past December's sale of Daybreak to a new owner, it brings to mind all of the MMOs that didn't make it to...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven ways EverQuest reshaped MMO history

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To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable desire to...

Global Chat: Would it be easier than assumed for World of Warcraft to do housing?

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Piggy-backing on our column on World of Warcraft's lack of housing, MMO blog GamingSF argued that the game actually has a lot of the...

The Game Archaeologist: Clone Wars Adventures, the Star Wars MMO everyone kinda forgot

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Whenever the topic -- the argument -- of Star Wars MMOs arises, the debate is usually between the merits of the sandboxy Star Wars...

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Battle Bards Episode 167: Childlike wonder

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Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs....
Jazzy handy

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG?

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Free Realms. Warhammer Online. WildStar. Asheron's Call. We've lived through so these and so many other MMO shutdowns over the years, leaving behind screenshots,...
Jazzy handy

Free Realms Sunrise rogue server readies beta, adds housing

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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...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of FusionFall’s soundtrack

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I can't say that I was ever that cognizant of Cartoon Network's foray into massively multiplayer online gaming. FusionFall is lumped into that category...
Kick it down the road.

Lawful Neutral: Why Josh Hawley’s lockbox regulation Senate bill is dead-on-arrival

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There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...

Battle Bards Episode 144: Colors of the rainbow

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Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: Combined, these forces create the awesome power of Roy G. Biv — otherwise known as the...

Perfect Ten: The 10 most adorable MMORPGs ever

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We all like to think of ourselves as cultured and deep individuals who routinely calculate square roots and recite Gilbert and Sullivan at dinner...

Free Realms Sunrise devs show off incredible progress in bringing back a sunsetted MMO

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Free Realms is dead -- long live Free Realms Sunrise! For the past few years, this emulator project has endeavored to return the beloved family...

Adventure Academy is an ‘educational massively multiplayer online game’ launching May 1

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Adventure Academy is going to mystify the typical gamer: There are no dragons to fight and no lockboxes to fight over. But if you're...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs do you wish would come to console?

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The Game Archaeologist: Castle Infinity, the MMO that was literally rescued from a dumpster

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In the grand history of MMORPGs, kids games seem to have it rougher than most. Developers have had a hard time cracking into that...

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