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History of MMORPG's

MMORPGs, as defined today, have only existed since the early 1990s. Still, all MMORPGs can trace back to the earliest multi-user games which started appearing in the late 1970s. One of these games was mazewars.

In this game players would wander around a maze as an eyeball. When you saw another palyer you could shoot them and you would get points for it.

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Neverwinter Nights was the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to display graphics. In addition to being the first graphics-based MMORPG, the game also marked the first appearance of online clans and player versus player (pvp) combat in multiplayer RPGs. It ran from 1991-1997.

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Neverwinter Nights was followed by a series of progressively more successful graphical MMORPG's including everquest which was released in 1999 and is still being played today. EverQuest was, from 2000 until 2004, the most popular MMORPG. EverQuest earned many awards, including GameSpot's Game of the Year Award for 1999. The game's sequel, EverQuest II, was released in late 2004.

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