Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ultima Online

Once upon a time in the early times of the internet where AOL reigned supreme and NetZero was a respectable 56k ISP dial-up provider the MMORPG genre was just getting it's first legs and growing.  Long before anyone thought that Blizzard would make monstrous game behemoths (World of Warcraft duh) there were studios that were paving the way into what would be the modern MMO games of today.  There are a few worthy of mention: Everquest, Never Winter Nights, Nexus: The Kingdom, MUDS, and Neopets (haha).  But one really took to a whole new level...and that was....

ULTIMA ONLINE!
*cue music*
(Nifty Song, eh?  All noble and shit!)

Ah yes, back before when "Player Versus Player" actually meant killing someone that looked funny at you rather than killing someone for some abitrary point system, where thieves weren't preying on those stupid enough to give their passwords but were ACTUALLY stealing within the game's mechanics. Where Murderers roamed outside the city limits for the purpose of being a dick.  Where players pirates roammed the sea and openly attacked Fisherman and stole all their treasure. In Ultima Online the world was ruthless and with a real sense of loss on the line whenever you played, you grew attached to your character and goods.  I've revisited Ultima Online thanks to the In Por Ylem Shard that recently opened.   And letme sum up my experience in one picture:


If you're not really into MMORPGs, I hope you appreciate how "noble and shit" this song was. 

28 comments:

  1. never played this game, but nice song

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  2. They need to bring Ultima back, maybe not as a huge multi-player, but SOMETHING. That was a really good franchise.

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  3. Ultima's PvP system sounds alternately terrifying and exciting. But I appreciate the ability actually RP in that game :o

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  4. I remember when I had to dial into my friend's BBS to get porn. Those were the days.

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  5. Totally appreciating the nobleness of the song! XD

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  6. Not into MMO's, but I do like regular RPG's like Final Fantasy and such, and this definitely reminded me of that. :)

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  7. I wanted to try UO when it came out, but I was too cheap to pay monthly so I stuck with MUDs.

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  8. I never actually played this....

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  9. wow I really appreciate how noble and shit this song was!
    Thanks for sharing xD

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  10. i paused buckcherry for this...

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  11. I like this. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. I feel the same way about Everquest. It brings me to nostalgia

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  13. I never heard of this game maybe because, I never had internet back then.

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  14. Now that is old school. I never played it but I do remember back when it was new.

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  15. Love the post man! keep up the great blogging!

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  16. lol, yep...quite "noble and shit"

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  17. Epic music, never did try ultima and now its like too outdated but heard it was great in its golden years

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  18. ultima was my stuff! i used to play the crap out of it lol

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