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

Global Chat: Why roleplaying in MMOs matters

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

The 22-year-old Meridian 59 heads to Steam

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

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?

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...

Perfect Ten: MMOs with different (camera) perspectives

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

GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel

Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event, including this one. It's not quite...

The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives

When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated...

Brian Green on Meridian 59: ‘It was its own special thing for the time’

Veteran MMO developer Brian Green is perhaps best known for his stewardship over Meridian 59, one of the oldest and long-running online...

The Game Archaeologist: Where are all of the open-source MMOs?

Recently we had an interesting question come in from reader and Patron Rasmus Praestholm, who asked me to do a little investigating: "What (if...

The Game Archaeologist: How Sceptre of Goth shaped the MMO industry

When it comes to text-based MMOs created in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, the sheer number of them would blot out the sky. There...

Ten life lessons I learned from the Asheron’s Call series

As Asheron's Call 1 & 2 are going offline shortly, I thought I might give it a final send-off with a list of...

The Game Archaeologist: Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

I confess that I have a particular fascination for MMOs that came into existence in the 1990s. It's not only the fact that I...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMORPG gaming resolutions for 2017

Are you the type of gamer to make resolutions? I'm not, but I know a lot of people who map out their year ahead...

Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP’s guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I'm asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, "Justin, where oh where can I get...

The Game Archaeologist: Mark Jacobs on Mythic’s early online games, part 2

We're back with our second part of an interview retrospective of Mythic Entertainment's early online games with CSE's Mark Jacobs. Last...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 86: One Tamriel, two voices, three expansions

Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, Ultima Online, RIFT, Meridian 59, SWTOR, the EQ franchise, ESO One Tamriel, WoW's subs, and Crowfall's SWG tendencies, with mailbag letters on dealing with character boosts and Guild Wars 2's new cadence.

Meridian 59 continues to influence online games 20 years later

Twenty years ago this week, Meridian 59 shed its beta trappings and officially released as one of the very first graphical MMORPGs...

Global Chat: How should studios sunset MMOs?

When it comes time for whatever reason to put an MMORPG to pasture, how should a studio do it? For Brian "Psychochild" Green,...

Mark Kern to Ember followers: ‘I feel a profound sense of responsibility for what happened to Firefall’

In the wake of the apparent complete emptying of the Red 5 Studios offices this week, former Firefall founder Mark Kern...

Meridian 59 creator says that MMOs are everywhere in disguise

Have you felt despondent at the apparent decline of the production of new, bold MMOs? According to Meridian 59 creator Brian "Psychochild"...

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