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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

Imperator Scrubbed From Wikipedia

Posted by UnSub Friday January 16 2009 at 12:58AM
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In an interesting addition to the Wikipedia deleting MUD history story that was raised last week, it appears that the Wikipedia entry for Mythic's cancelled title Imperator has also been scrubbed. The reason given is that the entry was "dependent on a deleted or nonexistent page".

Although Imperator is definitely a footnote in MMO history at this point - Mythic's first announced title after Dark Age of Camelot, the source of many "ROMANS in SPAAAAACE" jokes and the title that was dumped in favour of Warhammer Online - it's the kind of footnote that Wikipedia should be perfect for remembering. In my opinion, computer gamers are lousy at computer game history and its lessons. For most people, gaming started from the age they started gaming - before that is a complete grey area. This is for a number of reasons, most notably because of the different platforms that gaming has evolved on and because players don't like to regress all the features they are familiar with, but it is still a gap where the lessons of that history often get lost.

There is still some information around about Imperator. The official site still exists, as do articles in Gamespot and other sites. But it isn't on Wikipedia anymore, which makes it a little bit harder to stumble across or to learn about from an commonly used source. In turn, this makes it more likely that some of the pages linked here will fall to the bottom of the pile and get scrubbed or removed as sites go through housecleaning phases or go offline.

Shouldn't be too hard to build a more robust Wiki page for it, should someone be that way inclined.

johnnychangs writes:

I hope Mythic resumes work on Imperator at some point.  From the various old stories, it appears they had a bunch of work put into it.  Would be a shame if they just let it rot.

Fri Jan 16 2009 2:05AM Report
Ascension08 writes:

We need more fricking Roman games, Roman ruled the frickin world and instead you have devs making "humans fighting for survival" or "Elves fighting for survival" instead of "humans going out and kicking fricking ass".

Yes, I miss Gods and Heroes. I was looking forward to that one. But ROMANS in SPACEEEEE sounds cool too, one of those "what if" (what if the Roman Empire had never fallen) types of games.

Fri Jan 16 2009 1:36PM Report
AlienShirt writes:

I was actually very excited about Imperator when it was first announced and very dissappointed when it was canceled. Mythic should have kept with it instead of making WAR.

Fri Jan 16 2009 5:25PM Report
mystic_ben writes:

I was browsing the link ans spotted this pic:

http://www.imperatoronline.com/media/zoom/34.html

which  reminded me more than anything of:

http://de.static.ggl.com/CB/images/news/2008/dow_2.jpg

perhaps there's room for work (or collaboration, if some of what I've read is true) on a 40k MMO... 

Sun Feb 08 2009 5:25AM Report

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