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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...

The Game Archaeologist: Revisiting the first three months of World of Warcraft

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Were you there? Many of us were. Many weren't. Either way, November 23rd, 2004 was a watershed date for the MMORPG industry and one watched...

The Game Archaeologist: Vanguard Saga of Heroes

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The significance of Vanguard's development, release, long-running drama, second chance, and eventual closure should be of great interest not just to game historians...

The Game Archaeologist: Disney’s Toontown Online

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The use of the word "toon" to describe MMORPG characters is a contentious one, with fans divided over its annoyance or acceptance. But when...

The Game Archaeologist: Ultima Worlds Online Origin

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While the heady days of Ultima Online's dominant position over the industry are long gone, the MMORPG continues to operate and expand, and...

The Game Archaeologist: The Chronicles of Spellborn

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Hey! Hey you! Yeah, you the I'm-so-bored-with-all-of-these-MMOs gamer! You've been grousing about for years how MMOs never take risks, never innovate, and are merely...

The Game Archaeologist: Climax’s Warhammer Online

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Let's begin with a little personal history. Back in 2008, I decided to get into the blogging scene by jumping on board the latest...

The Game Archaeologist: Furcadia

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Let's face it: There isn't really a huge pool of MMORPGs from the 1990s to explore in this column. By now I have done...
It was a thing.

The Game Archaeologist: EverQuest Online Adventures

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In the pantheon of SOE's (now Daybreak) flagship EverQuest franchise, there used to be a whole family of MMOs gathered around the table every...

The Game Archaeologist: EverQuest II East

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Publishing a video game globally is a monumental task, more so if it is a live online game such as what you'd find with...

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: Maze War, the first online multiplayer shooter

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It is sometimes hard to know how far back to go when chronicling the history of early MMOs and their ancestors. After all, this...

The Game Archaeologist: Phantasy Star Online

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The Dreamcast was a brief but shining aberration in the gaming world. Coming along years after Sega had fallen out of its position as...

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...

The Game Archaeologist: When Hellgate London got Flagshipped

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It seems that it really wasn't too long ago that I was filling in the time between night classes by boning up on video...

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s The Agency

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The graveyard of Sony Online Entertainment and Daybreak Game Company is certainly full enough to be considered a threat if there was...

The Game Archaeologist: Rubies of Eventide

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I can't say that Rubies of Eventide has been on my radar, like, ever. And yet practically every time I've asked for suggestions...

The Game Archaeologist: How DikuMUD shaped modern MMOs

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Even though there are hundreds and thousands of MMOs spanning several decades, only a small handful were so incredibly influential that they changed the...

The Game Archaeologist: Earth and Beyond

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Personally, I prefer science fiction over fantasy nine times out of ten, even though most of the MMOs that grace my desktop are fantasy...

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...

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