the sims online

Official Site: The Sims Online (Wikipedia)
Studio: Maxis, EA
Launch Date: December 26, 2002
Sunset Date: August 1, 2008
Genre: Real-life MMORPG
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC

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Sort of?

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I want to wax poetic about Warhammer Online for a moment here. While it never maintained the initial level of success that it...

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The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

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You can play long-sunsetted Motor City Online offline thanks to emulation

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Battle Bards Episode 130: Oddballs 2

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The MOP Up: Sony’s PlayStation 3 sunset apocalypse

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Massively Overthinking: The sunsetted MMOs we never played

I've been thinking a lot about MMO sunsets lately, thanks to WildStar, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and even that ridiculous
It's clear now.

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Pre-alpha colony sim MMO Seed will grant players the tools to fight toxicity

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Perfect Ten: 10 MMO features that deserve widespread adaptation

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GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel

Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event, including this one. It's not quite...

The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives

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Raph Koster takes Rolling Stone to task over vanilla World of Warcraft

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EA has put the kibosh on a player-run Battlefield emulator – are MMOs next?

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Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?

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The Sims Online emulator project deals with the inevitable cease-and-desist from EA

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