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The question that lurks deep in the recesses of most MMO gamers' minds -- the question that they never really want to ask -- is what will happen when the lights go out? When your favorite game is finally sent to its resting place in that server farm in the sky, will we still care about it, and if...

March 22nd 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Space: the final frontier... except for 4chan, which is a lot scarier to explore. These are the voyages of the Starship Massively. Its five-year mission: to explore strange, new worlds; to seek out new life and blow it out of the sky; to boldly exploit trade routes like no one has done before! E...

March 8th 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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For this month's Game Archaeologist expedition, I deliberately wanted to look at an older MMO that was -- for whatever reason -- no longer with us. After voting on a handful of these titles, Massively readers selected Earth & Beyond for March's focus, and I have to say that I'm intrigued. Pe...

March 1st 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Before Westwood Studios became a prime example of EA's once-voracious appetite, it used to be synonymous with the top tier of real-time strategy development. Though the company may be nothing but a logo on some oversized cardboard game boxes now, co-founder Brett Sperry is far from gone. He's launc...

February 3rd 2009 at 3:22pm 0 Comments
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It's always dark in the city. Always raining. The light from a thousand neon signs is refracted and scattered by the smog that hangs in the air, ominous and ever-present. Spinners pass by quietly overhead while those too poor to own a car travel by foot, hurrying with umbrellas clutched tightly and...

January 20th 2009 at 11:48am 0 Comments
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Sitting on my desk are copies of Earth and Beyond and Auto Assault. In fact, I've even got a CE box for Auto Assault (that thing cost me 80 bucks). Unfortunately, these games are just dust collectors now. I keep them to remind me of the possibility of sunset and how much it can suck. Even if you di...

November 22nd 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Reader Shawk is making us feel nostalgic with this blast-from-the-past screenshot from long since shut down MMO Earth & Beyond. (If you aren't familiar with the game, it was a sci-fi MMO developed by Westwood Studios and published by Electronic Arts. It launched in September 2002 and was shut d...

December 11th 2007 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Orcs and Elves are all well and good, but some of us are more attracted to a mythical future than to a mythical past. Sci-Fi is trendy again, in case you hadn't heard. From Tabula Rasa to Star Trek Online (we hope), the future belongs to, well ... the future. But what about the past of the future?...

November 27th 2007 at 11:30am 0 Comments