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Video Game Museum Resurrects First MMO, "Habitat"

Posted Sep 28, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Video Game Museum Resurrects First MMO, "Habitat"

This Sunday, September 28th, The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE)in Oakland, California is attempting to relaunch Lucasfilm's MMO Habitat using the original 1989 Stratus Technologies hardware. If successful, The MADE will allow users to connect to the game via Internet for free using a Commodore 64 emulator. This marks the first time such a thing has ever been attempted.

The MADE is doing this with the cooperation of Fujitsu (who own the rights) Stratus Technologies, and KIXEYE, who's sponsoring the effort.

“Lucasfilm Games, and the work of Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer on Habitat were extremely far ahead of their time. In an era where the online service that hosted the game was only available on evenings and weekends, these two men built a completely new type of online interaction, and they built it in such a robust way that we anticipate, almost thirty years later that this 1989-era server hardware can support up to 10,000 users,” said Alex Handy, founder and director of the MADE.

For more information about the project, check out the MADE's blog.

Neilie Johnson / Neilie Johnson / Neilie Johnson is a freelance contributor to She's been writing about games since 2005, developing games since 2002, and playing them since the dawn of time. OK not really, but she's pretty sure she's got controllers older than you. Witness her game-related OCD on Twitter @bmunchausen.

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