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Wachter: Holiday Events

Posted Dec 22, 2009 by Jon Wood

Wachter: Holiday Events columnist Victor Wachter writes this look at Holiday events, their origin and what they can and can't do for an MMO.

Victor Wachter

Around this time of year, things start changing. Snow covers the ground, shops are decorated with wreaths and festive ornaments, and new dungeons open up with monsters bent on destroying the holiday season. Yes, the holidays in MMOs are pretty much like our own world.

There was a time, back around the turn of the century (I think we get to say that now that we are going into a new decade) when holiday events weren't universal in MMOs. My history could be wrong, but I recall the first holiday I ever participated in was the 1999 Ultima Online "Santas vs. Reindeer" event, two years after the game was released. For the first several years of the MMO's existence, holiday events were hit or miss and those games that did hold them often recycled the same content year after year.

Read Wachter: Holiday Events.


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