Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Game, Theme.
Term used to describe a type of Videogame in which large numbers of players interact with each other in a persistent Online World. Various forms exist, including Space Sims, exemplified by EVE Online (2003), and First Person Shooters, such as the science-fictional PlanetSide (2003 Verant Interactive, Win) designed by Terrence Yee, but the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game is by far the most common variant. The term appears to have been first used to promote Meridian 59 (1996 Archetype Interactive, Win) designed by Mike Sellers, an early MMORPG set in a Sword and Sorcery world which achieved only limited commercial success. [NT]
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