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

Reborn Promisance is a fan-operated version of a turn-based multiplayer strategy MUD from 26 years ago

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If you're looking for retro, it doesn't get more retro than a rebuilt version of a text-based multiplayer online empire strategy game. That's what...
Built.

Combatless MMORPG A Tale in the Desert reboots later this month

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A Tale in the Desert, which MUD creator Richard Bartle called the "most innovative MMO from the last decade," is starting all over. Yet...
So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: The wide umbrella of MMOs and online gaming subgenres

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Let's be realistic here, "MMO" as a term covers a whole lot of different game styles. I know this is a particular topic that...

Five pioneering game titles that laid the groundwork for MMORPGs

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The easy (and tired) joke to make is that WoW was the first MMO, but there were plenty of ambitious multiplayer games that predate...

One Shots: Past your curfew

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One lesser-known fact about the life of adventurers is that they all have to submit to a daily curfew. By the time the sun's...
Huh.

Simutronics’ new mech hero shooter Galahad 3093 plans an open beta for March 19

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It's a mech game! It's a hero shooter! It's from the company best known for GemStone IV and DragonRealms, a pair of MUDs which...

Legends of the Jedi is a Star Wars MUD that has just kicked off its first era

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Let's all travel back in time to a point when MMORPGs weren't graphics-based but were all text-based affairs played out in the theater of...

Global Chat: Revisiting all of SOE’s game history

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I'm always a sucker for a good timeline, which is why I perked up at seeing Wilhelm at Ancient Gaming Noob trace out the...

Gemini Station is a text-based sci-fi MMO you can play from anywhere

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Text-based MMOs have come a long, long way since their olden days with monochrome monitors and fizzling baud modems. Newer text-based titles might surprise...

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...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2021

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So... 2020 didn't go exactly as anyone planned. Our predictions for this past year were pretty janked up by that whole pandemic thing and...

Massively OP’s 2020 Awards: Biggest MMO Disappointment of 2020

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MassivelyOP’s end-of-the-year awards for 2020 continue today with our award for Biggest MMO Disappointment of 2020, which was awarded jointly to the cancellation of...

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...
Set sail, etc.

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 through...

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 an...

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 that...
Bring out your something.

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 topic...

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 have...

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