30 Years of MMO’s

Wonder and Amazement that allows you the player to delve deep into a world of Fantasy and Adventure. I am of course talking about the MMO. Over 30 years ago nobody had ever dreamed of being able to get on a Personal Computer and log onto the internet and enjoy hours of adventure with hundreds to thousands of other gamers it was just unheard of.

In 1986 “GemStone” was credited as the worlds first MMO it was a MUD with walls of text and script. Almost 30 years later the Library of MMO’s are counted in the 100’s.Some of the games have fallen off int to Obscurity and some have lived on as spiritual successors of other                                                                                                               games and each year they come and go.

The success of the MMO can most likely be traced back to MERIDIAN 59 and then later to the more popular game EVERQUEST. These games being credited for Divorces, Loss of jobs and sometimes even suicide due to people being hooked on them for hours on end and there extreme popularity.

Here is a list of the most popular mmo’s for the last 30 years.

Meridian 59, Everquest 1 and 2, Ultima Online, Underlight, Neverwinter Nights, Eve Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Wars the Old Republic, Dark Age of Camelot, Runescape, Final Fantasy XI and XIV, Everquest Online Adventures (PS2), Phantasy Star, Matrix Online, Anarchy Online, World of Warcraft, Aion, Terra Online, Guild Wars 1&2, LineAge 1&2, City of Heroes, DC Universe Online, Ragnarok Online, Maple Story, StarTrek Online.

Today the MMORPG is a staple of most online gamers and is considered the most go to Genre of game and will most likely continue being that way for a long time especially as Virtual Reality takes hold. What does the future hold for the MMO.

Thank you for reading and taking this trip down memory lane with me.

Runescape turns 15! Part 1/3

A brief history 2001-2012

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Runescape was created around 17 years ago by brothers Andrew and Paul Gower. It started off as DeviousMUD but was never release, This was known as the first ever Alpha of Runescape.


Jagex, the company that created and still works on Runescape today was created in 1999 where they started working on the game, on January 4th 2001 the live game was brought out with 19 skills, all with different methods of training. The game had 50 quests total, with 17 free quests and 33 that required membership.


During a Christmas event in 2001 Christmas crackers where dropped. These gave six different clouded hats. These items went on to be one of the games most valuable item with just one blue party hat being worth over 5 billion gold.


On the 29th of march 2004 Runescape 2 was released. The graphics and combat system where overhauled. Runescape 1 is known as Runescape classic (RSC)


On august 2007 one of the biggest update or Runescape 2 was released. God wars dungeon is a massive cave where four of the games gods battle with each other, using there generals. Players could enter the dungeon and fight the generals to have a chance at the best armor in the game at that time.


The 10th of December 2007 update was by far one of the most controversial by far. Jagex removed the wilderness where players go to pvp and pk. Thus destroying the pvp community that made up over three quarters of the games community.


On the 26th of July 2011 clans got a massive update with the Clan Citadel. A base of sorts for clans where they had to put in time and work to upgrade there home to make it better. It is a place where clan members can hang out, skill, have meetings or duel.