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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 1:58AM
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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.