Today's SA feature takes a closer look at some of your favorite games of all time. Origin gaming legends Chris Roberts and Richard Garriott take their rightful place. Sort of. The whole article trashes every recent game of note, yet mentions off-handedly that the original Wing Commander Privateer was great. You can find the feature here.
Zoctan felt that Lord British and the makers of Ultima 7 could do no wrong.
Eek, flashbacks of getting Wing Commander 2 running with speech. Oh, and don't stop reading until you get to their Freespace 2 bit.
I'm sorry, I can't offer any criticism because my computer has never had and will never have enough extended memory for Ultima 7.
A few weeks ago we mentioned that Privateer 2 star Clive Owen might be next in line to take over the James Bond role. This weekend he received what might be considered a setback. His new movie, Beyond Borders, co-starring Angelina Jolie took in barely $2 million according to estimates. That's quite a bit lower than either Wing Commander or Tomb Raider. Yikes.
Beginning with an in-depth analysis of whether "MMORPG" is the correct term or not, Tye noticed that Gamespy is currently building a giant feature on the history of the massively multiplayer game. Some of the people who were working on Origin's Privateer Online are quoted throughout.
Koster, who worked at Origin Systems, remembers things differently. "The massively multiplayer term was coined by Electronic Arts marketing. At that point, Ultima Online was announced. I remember the meeting in which they told us they were going to call it 'massively multiplayer' and we were like, 'Okay, whatever.'" (Looking back, Koster admits that it is possible that 3DO coined the phrase and that Electronic Arts marketing borrowed it.)
You can find the very beginning of the article here. They start getting into Origin and Ultima Online's role as one of the MMORPG pioneers in the week one writeup.