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

The next Sims game aka ‘Project Rene’ will apparently offer some sort of multiplayer

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Longtime MMORPG vets have... let's call it history with The Sims franchise thanks to The Sims Online, which wasn't so much an MMO as...
There was so much potential.

Perfect Ten: Abrupt MMO sunsets that shocked us

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Not all MMO sunsets are equal, when you look at them. Sure, all impact players who made those games a home, but some titles...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 371: Upending the mailbag

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Justin and Bree dip into the mailbag for discussions on MMO streamlining, vehicles vs. avatars, casual-friendly economies, guild projects and progression, changes to MMOs we don't play, compelling crafting, and other cool MMO sites.

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v5.0

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It has been another thrilling year of exploring the relatively unknown or forgotten lands of MMORPG history here in The Game Archaeologist. From projects...
I'll be gone soon.

Massively Overthinking: MMO ideas that were ahead of their time

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I'm gonna say something wild right now: In some ways, CliffyB was ahead of his time. My husband and I came to this realization...
So here's the deal.

The Daily Grind: What cancelled MMOs deserve a rogue server?

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As a historian, game preservationist, and general MMORPG geek, it does my heart good to see players do their best to restore and operate...

The Game Archaeologist: EA’s Motor City Online

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When we use the shorthand "MMO" for online games, it's always assumed that we're talking about swords-and-sorcery or sci-fi RPGs. However, the massively multiplayer...

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...

The MOP Up: Sims Online’s rogue server goes sunbathing

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FreeSO, the rogue server for the late Sims Online, is getting into the spirit of the season with a whole bunch of beach- and...
YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!

Massively Overthinking: Would you play a housing-only MMO?

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Last week, MOP's Justin put up a neat post on his personal blog about the potential for bringing back just the part of WildStar...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

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Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

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Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation of...

The Sims 5 will apparently invoke the spirit of – wait for it – The Sims Online

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With 20 million players and six years of life under its belt, The Sims 4 has been a long-running powerhouse for the franchise. However,...

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...

Perfect Ten: Solo prequel games to MMORPGs

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When studios go about making MMORPGs, risk comes along with the effect as a matter of course. The only question is how to reduce...

Rogue Server Report: Battle of the Immortals is back, The Sims Online’s emu gets an update

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We've got a couple of updates on the emulator/rogue server front. Specifically, the return of Battle of the Immortals, which was sunsetted by PWE...

Massively Uplifting: LOTRO community events, appreciative FFXIV fans, and making gaming accessible

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Just because it's the hottest month of the year doesn't mean we don't want to bury ourselves in warm fuzzies! Positivity is always welcome...
Sort of?

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG was ahead of its time?

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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 saw...

The MOP Up: Population Zero throws a fashion show

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You know how people advise you to "dress in layers" during inclement weather? And you think, "If I'm wearing pants, I'm doing well here,...
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...

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