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Justin Olivetti is Massively Overpowered’s resident Game Archaeologist; he never lets a good old game stay buried. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

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Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...

The Game Archaeologist: Fury

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Back in 1997, Australian game developer Auran arrived onto the scene with the real-time strategy title Dark Reign. While it wasn't exactly Command & Conquer...

The Game Archaeologist: Project Copernicus

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In the end, one of the biggest shames of the whole 38 Studios fiasco is that the MMORPG it was creating and the people...
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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 Game Archaeologist: Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2

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At the end of June 2014, dozens of online worlds flickered and vanished with the flip of a switch. It was a online apocalypse...

The Game Archaeologist: Castle Infinity, the MMO that was literally rescued from a dumpster

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In the grand history of MMORPGs, kids games seem to have it rougher than most. Developers have had a hard time cracking into that...

The Game Archeologist: Halo Universe

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Since its debut on Xbox back in 2001, the Halo franchise has been a massive powerhouse and a mainstay for shooter fans. To date,...
We got it back, after all.

The Game Archaeologist: The Death of City of Heroes

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August 31st, 2012, was a Friday like any other. City of Heroes players were psyched for the upcoming Issue 24, which Paragon Studios had...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Heroes moves into the Paragon Studios era

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As we move into the fourth of five installments in the history, development, and downfall of City of Heroes, you may be wondering why...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Villains, enhancement diversification, and Going Rogue

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It's always easy to look back at the making of City of Heroes and its first year with a memory tinted toward the good...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Heroes’ launch history and the Marvel lawsuit

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In our first part of this series looking back at the stupendous history of City of Heroes, we saw how the idea for this...

The Game Archaeologist: Digging up the history of City of Heroes

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For the longest time in the early 2000s, MMORPGs scared me off. They looked too obtuse, too grindy, too ugly, and too unapproachable for...

The Game Archaeologist: Kesmai’s Air Warrior and Legends of Kesmai

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Most studios would be overjoyed to have pioneered one significant advancement in video game history, but then again, most studios aren't Kesmai. While it's...

The Game Archaeologist: A history of EverQuest’s expansions

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I don't know if EverQuest holds the crown title for the MMO with the most expansions, but I'm sure it's among the top three...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

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The release of Raph Koster's monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For her,...

The Game Archaeologist: The tangled legal history of Interplay’s canceled Fallout Online

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With the recent revelation that Bethesda's Fallout 76 is going to be an online multiplayer survival game, players who have been hoping for a...

The Game Archaeologist: Myst Online

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The impact of Myst in 1993 was akin to an atomic bomb going off in the PC gaming world. The leap forward in graphical...

The Game Archaeologist: The rebirth of The Realm Online

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Debuting in 1996, The Realm Online (or, as it is sometimes shortened, The Realm) became one of the first online RPGs to overlay graphics...

The Game Archaeologist: Warhammer Online

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When it comes to notable years in the MMORPG genre's history, 2008 stands out as one of the most significant. World of Warcraft's debut...

The Game Archaeologist: Red Planet’s Lost Colony vaporware

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You know the story of Roanoke, right? That early American settlement that abruptly went missing with only the word "Croatoan" carved into a tree...

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