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

Sea of Thieves heralds its new live storytelling Mysteries feature arriving this week

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Back in the days of yore, live GMs would tick off events in an MMO and things would happen as players moved forward in...

The Daily Grind: Are you sick of crypto and NFT crap in MMOs?

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Yesterday, our genre's core subreddit floated a poll to subbers about whether or not crypto and NFT game threads should be characterized as scammy...

Star Citizen shows off filthy armor and highlights new AI behaviors in latest video

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If you're going to get into the snow, rain, dust, or mud of a planet in Star Citizen, you'd expect your character's armor to...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Zion, the brainchild of Tad Williams and Ultima Online devs

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It has almost become a running joke in MMO circles that pretty much every new studio and new title these days was founded by...

Raph Koster talks metaverse creation and learning lessons from past game design mistakes

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"Metaverse." It's the one word that, apparently, drives game execs and investors into a babbling frenzy just seconds before they explode into venture capital...

The Game Archaeologist: Talking 25-year-old Tibia with CipSoft

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It's not every MMORPG that can boast that it started back in the late '90s and is still going strong even today. However, Tibia...

Richard Bartle’s new book seeks to intersect theological thought and MMORPG design

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If you're new to our genre, first of all welcome, and second of all you should be familiar with Dr. Richard A. Bartle, a...

Tibia is getting sound for the first time as it turns 25 years old

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Tibia is celebrating its 25th year of existence - and it's apparently still making plenty of cash. According to CipSoft, the pixel MMO has...

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...

The Game Archaeologist: The Wonderful World of Eamon

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As we've long since established, 1980's MUD1 was the official kick-off of the MMORPG genre, bringing online players together to adventure through persistent worlds...

The Daily Grind: Is it time for a Wheel of Time MMORPG?

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Last night, Amazon finally debuted its Wheel of Time TV series, based on Robert Jordan's sprawling franchise of the same name that began back...

Simutronics’ Galahad 3093 launches a third open beta this weekend

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Earlier this year, we covered the reveal of Galahad 3093, a mech-themed hero shooter from Simutronics, a veteran online gaming company probably best known...
So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: A completely accurate 10-point summary of MMO history

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History! Let's be real here, it's pretty damn boring. No one cares about it, and it all happened beforehand, so why is any of...

Choose My Adventure: Lord of the Rings Online might have been a bad choice for this column

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So as that headline suggests, I probably mad a bad call adding Lord of the Rings Online as an option for a CMA column....

Raph Koster says nobody wants a metaverse with ‘Fairyland butting up against World War II’

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In his ongoing blog series on the metaverse, MMO developer Raph Koster has been digging through the technical challenges of how to build it...

The Game Archaeologist: Tanarus, Sony Online Entertainment’s first online game

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While EverQuest is perhaps thought of as Sony Online Entertainment's first online game, the truth of history tells us differently. Just as how Mythic...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...

MUD creator Richard Bartle’s seminal book on designing MMOs is now free

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When MMORPG players encounter the name "Bartle," they think less malt liquor and more a man who helped to pioneer the massively multiplayer online...

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....

Dungeons and Dragons Online invites players to discover the Sinister Secrets of Saltmarsh today (for money)

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Today is the day for Dungeons and Dragons Online players to get their boots mired in water, mud, and secrets. Today marks the launch...

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