Things That Make Me Smile: 8BitMMO

By Jim Rossignol on February 17th, 2012 at 4:56 pm.


Ah, that’s the stuff. I knew I could trust IndieGames to provide a Friday afternoon-completing link, and so they did: 8BitMMO! Yes, it’s a super lo-fi MMO that looks like someone made it on a Commodore 64, but is actually pretty contemporary with its open construction options, PvP, and all the jazz that makes the massively multiplayer world so appealing. It’s also free in your browser right here. I’ve posted the trailer below if you want to have a look but can’t be playing Java browser games at work or whatnot. Lovely, lovely.

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34 Comments »

  1. Sparkasaurusmex says:

    need more info. What are these filthy scams?

  2. Dominic White says:

    NEStalgia is a much more 8-Bit MMO.
    http://silkgames.com/nestalgia/

    • djbriandamage says:

      I was just about to pimp NEStalgia as well, though 8bitMMO looks great as well. I have had many fun times with NEStalgia, although the developers are a little TOO active – they’ve added modern tropes like talent point trees and daily quests which take away from that 80′s simplicity. Maybe 8bitMMO will be a good new source for that “less is more” feeling I’m often in the mood for.

    • Simple says:

      I am also developing an MMO that has an 8 bit graphical style. It is called Aberoth. Come check it out!

    • Sim9 says:

      @djbriandamage – hope you enjoy it! 8BitMMO is still pretty simple, if only because I’m just one guy.

      @Dominic White – NEStalgia looks awesome :D

    • liasahdv says:

      Building massive road to the left of the spawn and over the bridge http://url.ie/e5di

    • psyk says:

      Are you shitting me, the spam bot took my comment :(

  3. LionsPhil says:

    Spamfail.

  4. deadly.by.design says:

    Lawyercat is law.

  5. LionsPhil says:

    it’s a super lo-fi MMO that looks like someone made it on a Commodore 64

    It’s been done. In 1986.

    Younger members of the audience may want to consider that was about five years before the web became public, and abooouuut eight before it really became a big thing that gave people a reason to have home Internet connections.

    (The writings on Crockford’s website about it are fascinating, but the spam filter hates content.)

    • BlueSkies says:

      I have to question just how ‘MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER’ a game could be in 1986, before the web became public.

    • Joshua Northey says:

      In 1986 “massively” meant 2 players.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Reading about things is apparently too hard.

      the North American incarnation of Lucasfilm’s Habitat…now sustains a population of some 15,000 participants.

      (1990, still predating public web access.)

      The web is not the Internet. Nor is the Internet the only way to network computers; you can dial into things other than ISPs.

    • Jerakal says:

      A sense of humor isn’t a requirement on the internet, but you may want to look into obtaining one. For your health.

  6. shaydeeadi says:

    I can’t even watch youtube at work. ;(

  7. Tokamak says:

    Did the DNS break for rockpapershotgun.com? I keep getting “Go and have a long, hard think about what you’ve done.” if I type the address without the “www”.

  8. nihilocrat says:

    This reminds me of Merveilles, though clearly this has got construction going for it, and Merveilles has pretty pretty pixel art going for it.

    • Marucla says:

      AHHHHHHH!!!
      Another Aliceffekt fan! (I’m assuming)
      You’re literally the only person (outside last.fm) who’s heard of him!

  9. psyk says:

    Building massive road to the left of the spawn and over the bridge

    • Sim9 says:

      I found your arena/thunderdome! Looks like a cool place to do pvp battles :D

    • psyk says:

      Cheers,

      If anyone wants to use it just follow the road left from the spawn past the RPS sign over the bridge and it’s just down the road. Entrance for fighters on either side.

  10. cheeba says:

    I hate to be that guy, but that’s a 16-bit style, surely? More like you’d find on an amiga. 8-bit graphics didn’t really look like that.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      no 8-bit is cool you dont understand

    • LionsPhil says:

      “8-bit” has become a term for “not 3D” used by people who were not even around for the microcomputer era. Market focus groups show that it is twenty percent cooler than something that might be not be grossly inaccurate, such as “retro”. Or “crappily drawn in MS Paint and an insult to the pixel artists of the day”.

    • psyk says:

      What’s not 3d?

  11. KaL_YoshiKa says:

    Come on RPS, pick up your game,

    The C64 looked nothing like that

  12. Noburu says:

    Anyone else having problems getting the game to load at all?

    EDIT: Apparently java was outdated on my crappy lappy. Problem Solved

  13. Geen says:

    I was there before it was on RPS.
    *puts on hipster glasses*

    • Geen says:

      Oh, and watch out for the front of my house. There may or may not be a spike pit.

  14. bill says:

    What time is it in the UK now? I feel like there should be some news for me to read by now. But maybe that’s cos I’m sniffly and need something to take my mind off work.

  15. RizziSmoov says:

    Graphics are too good.
    Will not play.

  16. hjd_uk says:

    8-bit my arse, thats full range colour and I see … ANTI-ALIASING! philistines!, heretics!, and i bet the sprites don’t even flicker when theres more than 8 on screen.