meridian 59

Official Site: Meridian 59
Studio: Near Death Studios
Launch Date: September 27, 1996
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Open-Source Freeware
Platform: PC

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v5.0

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It has been another thrilling year of exploring the relatively unknown or forgotten lands of MMORPG history here in The Game Archaeologist. From projects...

Meridian 59 unleashes blood red skies and utter chaos for Halloween

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If you're looking for a calm and sedate Halloween experience in an MMORPG this year, we would not advise a trip over to Meridian...
Yes, this was a few years out.

The former lead designer of Ultima Online and Meridian 59 is braving a brutal brain tumor

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The universe has been hungry the past couple of years, and now it's threatening another member of the extended MMORPG developer community. This morning,...

The Game Archaeologist: Defining the eras of MMORPG history

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With MMO history stretching back to the early 1980s (and even before), this genre has accumulated a whole lot of history over the years....

Battle Bards Episode 191: Digging up the past

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Today’s episode of the Battle Bards was phoned in — phoned in with 2800-baud modems from the 1990s, that is! Steff, Syl, and Syp...

Podcaster posts last interview with Meridian 59’s Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green

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When Brian Green, better known as "Psychochild," passed away last August, he left behind a lot of grieving fans who missed his passion for...

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...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v4.0

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By far, my favorite column to write here at Massively OP (and the one that always takes the longest) is The Game Archaeologist. I've...
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PSA: The online memorial for Meridian 59’s Brian Green is this afternoon

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It's been a long year, so you're entirely forgiven if you forgot that we lost Brian "Psychochild" Green this past summer. Green was the...
Not a sharknado.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 284: Mommy, don’t let them take my Fortnite away

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Justin and Bree discuss Final Fantasy XIV 5.3, City of Heroes Homecoming, Daybreak buying Cold Iron, WoW Shadowlands' prepatch, EVE Echoes' launch, Epic's lawsuit, and the passing of Meridian 59's Brian Grene, with adventures in Valiance Online, LOTRO, and The Sims 4, plus a mailbag topic on industry stress for devs.

Meridian 59 honored the late MMO developer Brian Green in yesterday’s memorial

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Last week, we covered the tragic news that Brian Green, better known as Psychochild around here, had passed away, far too young at the...

Meridian 59 and Storybricks’ Brian Green has passed away at only 46

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It's with a very heavy heart today that we report that Brian "Psychochild" Green has passed away at a relatively young age. Green was...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

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Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game Archaeologist...

The Game Archaeologist: A brief history of Multi-User Dungeons

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You know that sinking feeling when you get into something that's way, waaaay over your head and you have no choice but to swim...
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The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

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While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing them...

Global Chat: Why roleplaying in MMOs matters

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If you haven't visited Psychochild's Blog -- the brainchild of former Meridian 59 and Storybricks dev Brian Green -- lately, you are missing out...

The 22-year-old Meridian 59 heads to Steam

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One of the MMORPG genre's longest-running titles is finally making the jump to Steam in the hopes of picking up a new generation of...

The Game Archaeologist: Kesmai’s Air Warrior and Legends of Kesmai

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Most studios would be overjoyed to have pioneered one significant advancement in video game history, but then again, most studios aren't Kesmai. While it's...

Whatever happened to Tibia, The Realm Online, and Meridian 59?

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Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly easy...

Perfect Ten: MMOs with different (camera) perspectives

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By the time that World of Warcraft came on the scene in 2004, the MMORPG industry had already gravitated toward standard when it came...

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