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Sue the Witch another popular player who was actually a man.
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Meanwhile… Origin was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1992 There was tension between the studio and their new owner
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Ultima Online (1997) Created by Origin, makers of the single player Ultima games The defining moment in MMORPGs After a rough start, the game s popularity and community grew
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What Ultima theFirst MMO? MMO = Massively multiplayer online game Depends on your definition
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Kesmai (1984) Islands of Kesmai and Dungeons of Kesmai are said to be the first text-based MMORPGs. Up to 100 people could play simultaneously. With most services charging per hour, the game was very expensive to play. Kesmai would become the name of the company, and it would release many online game including Mega Wars and Air Warrior.
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Neverwinter Nights Ran on AOL 1991-1997 Co-developed by Stormfront Studios, TSR, SSI AOL founder Steve Case was determined to get it, and apparently harassed the parties involved for 200 days straight According to some, it was the first graphical MMO It cost $6/hour to play Held the record for simultaneous user sessions (Could support 200, was upgraded to 500)
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The First “Real MMO”? Trip Discovered It Trip Hawkins, now at his new company 3DO, purchased and published the game He was the first to use the term “massively multiplayer” Supported 250 user sessions The world was persistent Raph Koster questions that it was the first persistent world, or the first MMORPG, but says it was the first true Internet-based game … not private network-based game
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Meridian 59 (1996) Archetype Interactive One of the first commercial 3D graphical online RPGs First one to gather large amounts of players in a persistent world Placed a heavy emphasis on player killing Didn t do well financially
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Lessons to Learn Arcade/Console games started out by providing the Challenge and Catharsis PC Games made big strides in Context MUD was the precursor to the MMO
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Part V: PC Gaming Does Not Die, It Evolves
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For every advantage of PC Gaming, there is a disadvantage
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Advantage: Open Architecture If you know how to make a game, do it! No hardware royalty rate (until Windows Vista came along) More more freedom to experiment, and possible to make it on your own
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Disadvantage: Piracy Open architecture meant games were VERY easy to copy And when the Internet came along, pirated games became even easier to distribute
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E.g. Demigod (2009) Stardock game saw 120,000 people playing it online the day it launched The number of legitmate connections? Estimated at 18,000!
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Disadvantage: No Standards There was only one NES. Design for one, you design for all With PCs, you had to predict what computer would be standard when your game was released What sound card? What graphics card? What operating system? What service pack?
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