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  sparr

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OP  12/21/12 11:46:46 AM#1

i was on MMOhut and found this posted about UO.

Ultima Online, or UO for short, was one of the first MMORPGs on the market, as it was released on September 25, 1997. The game is without a doubt the longest running MMORPG and the...

I know its one of the oldest..but i remember playing one at and around that time called The Realm......was my first mmo..and i still have fond memories of the game....so i looked it up and found ....

 

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so..im not 100% sure on either of the games ral release dates....how about you folks..any games older than these two?

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12/21/12 2:22:23 PM#2
I honestly think this is a really tough question. The way I see it, the massive portion of MMO has to be taken into context. So back in the mid 90's, what was massive then is pretty tiny now. I know some people will argue Merdian and Neverwinter though. 
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12/21/12 2:24:17 PM#3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridian_59

 

Taken from the introductory paragraph:

 

"Meridian 59, abbreviated M59, is an online role-playing video game first published by the now defunct 3DO Company. First launched online in an early form on December 15, 1995 and released commercially on September 27, 1996 with a flat-rate monthly subscription, Meridian 59 is often credited as the first 3D graphical "massively multiplayer online game" or MMO. Meridian 59 is currently available free of charge and is being run by original developers Andrew Kirmse and Chris Kirmse."

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12/21/12 2:25:30 PM#4
Originally posted by madazz
I honestly think this is a really tough question. The way I see it, the massive portion of MMO has to be taken into context. So back in the mid 90's, what was massive then is pretty tiny now. I know some people will argue Merdian and Neverwinter though. 

You have a point.  The oldest I remember personally is UO, but I'm sure there were others that would have fit the bill for their time.

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12/21/12 2:30:31 PM#5
Originally posted by madazz
I honestly think this is a really tough question. The way I see it, the massive portion of MMO has to be taken into context. So back in the mid 90's, what was massive then is pretty tiny now. I know some people will argue Merdian and Neverwinter though. 

Meridian 59 launched around 96 iirc, and if you mean AOLs Neverwinter Nights, that was 91, but im not sure it actually was an MMO, it was a multiplayer (50 player limit per server at launch) online RPG, but did it qualify as massively multiplayer?

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12/21/12 2:33:55 PM#6

I think many of us have sorted the MMORPG list by release date; and clicked on The Realm. Old school. Reminds me of the 5 minutes I spent trying a MuD back in the day. Logged in, moved my character (I think it was a + or $) and attacked another + or $. Got promtply pwned. Never logged on again.

As much as I loved Telengard, I couldn't get into MuDs.

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  madazz

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12/21/12 2:37:49 PM#7
Originally posted by Byrhofen
Originally posted by madazz
I honestly think this is a really tough question. The way I see it, the massive portion of MMO has to be taken into context. So back in the mid 90's, what was massive then is pretty tiny now. I know some people will argue Merdian and Neverwinter though. 

Meridian 59 launched around 96 iirc, and if you mean AOLs Neverwinter Nights, that was 91, but im not sure it actually was an MMO, it was a multiplayer (50 player limit per server at launch) online RPG, but did it qualify as massively multiplayer?

I really can't say. I don't know much about the game. Did it have what was at the time classified as a massive amount of people online in one game at the same time? If so, maybe... but again as I didn't play it I don't feel comfortable really making a statement like that.

  Reizla

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12/21/12 2:57:08 PM#8
Meridian 59 is often credited as the first 3D graphical "massively multiplayer online game"

You're referring to oldest 3D MMO. There were MMOs back in the telnet days (before '93). One that comes to mind is Quo Vadis (mentioned a lot as 1st MMO out there) and was ASCII based. Much like the old BBSs had their 'online' games, but Qua Vadis allowed on-line interaction with other players. Never played it myself, but I was looking for it back then...

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  jtcgs

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12/21/12 3:04:08 PM#9
Even before Meridian 59 and the Realm there was NeverWinter Nights Online, it was made in 1991 for America Online and was the FIRST MMORPG with Graphics. Everything before that one was TEXT based MMO.

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  WhiteLantern

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12/21/12 3:12:27 PM#10

 World of Warcraft.

 

 

 

 

 

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  Lawlmonster

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12/21/12 4:19:12 PM#11
Originally posted by Reizla
Meridian 59 is often credited as the first 3D graphical "massively multiplayer online game"

You're referring to oldest 3D MMO.

No shit?

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12/21/12 5:47:04 PM#12
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  bborwoeorks

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12/21/12 5:53:48 PM#13

Gemstone III was around a few years before UO and ran on AOL but if you check out the wiki their original version was around almost a decade before that.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GemStone_IV

 

  Bathnor

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12/22/12 3:45:24 PM#14
I am not sure which is the oldest MMO for PCs. I know my first MMO was Everquest at launch, but I know that there were others that had been released beforehand. I think the first MMOG (minimaly multiplayer offline game) was Chainmail which was released in 1971. ;)
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12/22/12 4:18:41 PM#15
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12/22/12 7:37:41 PM#16
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12/22/12 8:10:30 PM#17
Originally posted by Byrhofen
Originally posted by madazz
I honestly think this is a really tough question. The way I see it, the massive portion of MMO has to be taken into context. So back in the mid 90's, what was massive then is pretty tiny now. I know some people will argue Merdian and Neverwinter though. 

Meridian 59 launched around 96 iirc, and if you mean AOLs Neverwinter Nights, that was 91, but im not sure it actually was an MMO, it was a multiplayer (50 player limit per server at launch) online RPG, but did it qualify as massively multiplayer?

Neverwinter had one server, and it had a cap of 500 people...

 

I hated trying to log on and getting "The gates of Neverwinter are closed".