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MUD stands for “multi-user dungeon.” MUDs are typically characterized as text-based proto-MMORPGs.

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Perfect Ten: 10 reasons MMOs struggle with underwater content

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In Final Fantasy XIV, players could fly before they could swim. There's no joke there. The game's first expansion added the ability to fly...

MMO Burnout: Red Dead Redemption 2 succeeds in spite of itself

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I have very little experience in the Red Dead world. I can recall wandering around Best Buy nearly two decades ago and encountering...

Perfect Ten: 10 notable MMO developers that shut their doors

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When En Masse Entertainment announced that it would be closing its doors this fall, we here at Massively OP came to the realization...
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Massively Overthinking: Are isometric MMOs more or less immersive than 3-D?

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I was chit-chatting with MOP reader (and prolific tipster!) Panagiotis the other day about Ultima Online's big news when he hit on a...

MUD network and roleplaying repository Skotos celebrates 20th anniversary with retirement

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While many old-school MMORPG players came from MUDs, I didn't: I didn't even know they existed until several years into playing Ultima Online and...

The Game Archaeologist: Mirrorworld

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In this column, we have previously journeyed to lands where you saw not with your eyes, but with your imagination. I speak, of course,...

World Seed makes an MMO out of a board game

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When you think about it, combining board games with MMORPGs isn't the worst idea in the world. Graphical MUDs and games like Stash...

One Shots: A daring jump into two dimensions

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While most of what we think of as MMORPGs are lush, three-dimensional worlds, there are several that are portrayed in just two (or, in...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 277: All the wonder in the ‘verse

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Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO, WoW Classic, Black Desert, Star Wars Squadrons, DC Universe Online, Torchlight III, and Anarchy Online, with adventures in RIFT, SWG Legends, and The Outer Worlds, and mailbag topics on LOTRO leveling, MUDs, and the next generation of MMO fans.

MMO Business Roundup: Paradox signs union agreement, shareholders slam Activision-Blizzard

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry business news. Activision-Blizzard is under fire yet again for its corporate management,...

Build your own text MMO with Fableverse’s robust game engine

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Have you ever yearned to build your own MMORPG, yet nobody's throwing millions of dollars and big-name developers your way to make that happen?...
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Massively Overthinking: The oldest MMORPGs we still play

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When I was still a teenager in my earliest MMOs, the trend in the communities I ran in was to play MMOs sequentially, due...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of play-by-email games

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For most all of human history, people who wanted to play a game together usually had to be in physical proximity with each other....

MMOs you’ve never heard of: Red Stone, Euotopia, Ogre Island, Stendhal, and Astonia

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent games you’ve (probably) never heard of — or have totally forgotten about until now! If...
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Vague Patch Notes: Chronicles of Elyria’s road to nowhere

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I honestly cannot stop thinking about Chronicles of Elyria. Not in the sense of surprise, mind you; this was pretty much one of...
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Global Chat: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons an MMO?

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One trend that we have noticed over the past decade or so is the blurring of lines between "regular" video games and MMORPGs. It...

Fight or Kite: Hackmud is more than a MUD – it’s a living cyberpunk world

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As these words loaded into your browser, sending bits and bytes across a vast array of interconnected wires and tubes, someone is typing away...

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...

BatMUD, a 29-year-old MMO, is now on Steam

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Where were you in 1990? Did you even exist then? Because if you happened to be around 29 years ago, you could have jumped...

Into the Super-verse: 13 text-based superhero MMOs you can play today

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As part of this column covering superhero MMORPGs, we have looked at the usual suspects: MMOs of the past (Champions Online, City...

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