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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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

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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’

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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