ultima online

Official Site: Ultima Online
Studio: Broadsword Entertainment/EA (formerly Mythic)
Launch Date: September 24, 1997
Genre: Isometric Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: Subscription (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: Ten MMOs still going after ten years

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It struck me, very recently, that a decade is a long time for MMOs. If we're going to count Ultima Online as the first proper...

One Shots: Pics or the beta didn’t happen

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Stargate Worlds was one of those rare MMOs that progressed into the beta stage and was played by many yet never launched. Even today...

The Daily Grind: When should MMO devs just stop tweaking?

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Yesterday's reveal of Lord of the Rings Online's legendary item imbuing system struck me as a promising show of faith from the devs but nevertheless a...

Perfect Ten: How to find the right MMO for you

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A common question that I see posited around forums and Reddit is, "What MMO should I play?" If there is a more loaded question...

Shroud of the Avatar to introduce player-owned towns with Release 17

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Shroud of the Avatar's Release 17 is preparing to hit the ground running when it comes out on Thursday, April 30th. In its most...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best hybrid classes?

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I didn't know hybrid classes were a thing, really, until I picked up classic EverQuest way back in 1999. Most of the roleplaying games I'd...

Koster on Star Wars Galaxies’ combat and social connectivity ‘glue’

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MMO designer Raph Koster is back with yet another post-mortem on Star Wars Galaxies, this one the second part of his "living society" discussion. Get...
Meridian 59

The Daily Grind: What’s the oldest MMO you’ve ever played?

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I read yesterday's news about Meridian 59 with interest because it's one of the few genre titles that was before my time. My MMO obsession began...

How Star Wars Galaxies pioneered a ‘living society’

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Former Star Wars Galaxies Creative Director and current Crowfall consultant Raph Koster returned to his blog last night to pen the fourth in his...

The Daily Grind: Where do you go to relax in MMOs?

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This morning's Daily Grind comes to us from an anonymous Kickstarter donor with a deceptively simple question: Which MMO zone is the most relaxing? A lot...

Global Chat: Are WoW Tokens worth it?

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The debut of World of Warcraft Tokens into the game's economy has caused quite a stir, particularly after the prices plunged during the first...

El Somni Quas developers issue a design manifesto

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We introduced El Somni Quas to you last week -- it's an old school sandbox created by an indie team in the Czech Republic. But...

The Daily Grind: When do you know you’re never going back to an MMO?

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Massively OP's Mike Foster said something that resonated with me earlier this week when during a debate about World of Warcraft, he uttered, "I...

Perfect Ten: Important features MMOs lacked at launch

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Every MMO represents a journey, starting with an idea, progressing to a fledgling beta, launching as a production title, and growing thereafter. All of the...

El Somni Quas draws upon classic Ultima Online for an old-school MMO experience

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It's interesting to see how players who have grown up under the influence of certain MMOs are now making their own games drawing from...

The Game Archaeologist: Roleplaying dreams in Underlight

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After years of digging into the field of classic MMOs, I know there aren't too many undiscovered titles that haven't been brought to my attention...

The Daily Grind: Are MMOs becoming outpaced by tech?

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Whenever I talk about Ultima Online to someone who wasn't there when it was a big thing, I admit to feeling as if I...

Massively Overthinking: The death of the MMO guild

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This week's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from Kickstarter donor JakeDunnegan, who is worried about the future of MMORPG guilds. When EverQuest came along, I was...

The Daily Grind: What’s your most memorable MMO noob moment?

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I was basically still a kid when I first started playing MMOs, and my first, of course, was the wild west of the newly...

Ask Mo: Jobs in the MMO industry, jobs in MMOs

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Today, we're reintroducing our general MMO advice column, here named Ask Mo: the column where you ask Mo questions, and he... lets me answer them for...

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