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The Game Archaeologist: Dragon Empires, Codemasters’ abandoned MMO

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The name "Codemasters" is far more familiar to European players than North American ones, as the British developer and publisher was active on the...

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...
It's Lord of the Rings. There's your elevator pitch.

The untold story of Lord of the Rings’ cancelled MMORPG

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Considering how popular the Middle Earth IP is, it is no surprise that there have been multiple stabs at creating a Lord of the...

The Game Archaeologist: Super-early versions of MMORPG websites

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One of the absolute best things the internet ever generated has been the Internet Wayback Machine. Through this site, snapshots of millions of websites...

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 Archaeologist...

The Realm Online’s latest community patch adds dungeon, open-world zone, and more

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Sierra Online's original 2-D game The Realm Online has had a welcome bit of resurgence over the last couple of years, as fans sought...
Ah, no.

LOTRO Legendarium: A timeline of Lord of the Rings Online from 1994 to 2019

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When I wrapped up writing my previous LOTRO column on the game's first year of live operation, I felt that I had left this...
This took some work.

The Game Archaeologist: Ironman modes and elective permadeath

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One facet of video games that's been around almost since the very beginning is difficulty levels. This allowed the player to choose how hard...

The Game Archaeologist: Sierra’s Fates of Twinion and Ruins of Cawdor

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A few years ago I regaled you with the fascinating tale of one of the very first multiplayer graphical MUDs, the absurdly named Shadow...
This was once controversial!

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 them...

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...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

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Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose,...

LOTRO Legendarium: Playing second fiddle to the Fellowship

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Back when Lord of the Rings Online was being developed as Middle-earth Online in the late 1990s, the original concept was to plop players...

The Game Archaeologist: Six videos from MMOs that never launched

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Whenever I compile lists or run articles on MMOs that never made it out of the gate, it seems as though talking about it...

The Game Archaeologist: Middle-earth Online

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I suppose there will always be a special place in my heart for Lord of the Rings Online. Not only is it one of...

The Game Archaeologist: Puzzle Pirates

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Up until this point in my life, Puzzle Pirates has always been that "Oh yeah, that actually exists!" game to me. Even when I...

Jukebox Heroes: Six soundtracks from MMOs that never launched

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As an MMO fan, there are few things as sad as a promising game being killed in development without seeing the light of a...

The Game Archaeologist: Online gaming service providers of the ’80s and ’90s

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As graphical MMOs took off in the 1990s with the advent of games like Neverwinter Nights, The Realm, and Ultima Online, many of them...

The Soapbox: An ode to MMO positivity

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I had a strange thought the other day, at least as regards the MMO genre. I'm kinda having fun here. I know, it surprised...

The Game Archaeologist: Middle-earth Online

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Out of all of the MMOs that I've played over the years, I must have spent the most time in Lord of the Rings...

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