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Posts tagged “origin systems”

Feature: How do you become a videogame archivist?

Meet the man who runs the Origin Museum, collecting the history of Wing Commander and Ultima

In the basement of an unassuming suburban home just outside Washington, D.C., you'll find one of the largest collections of documents, data, images and props from Origin Systems, the company behind the Ultima and Wing Commander game series of the 80s and 90s. The Origin Museum is owned and curated by Joe Garrity, and has been running since 1999, when Garrity lived in Virginia. Over…

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Feature: Rule Britannia

Ultima Online was released twenty years ago today

I'll never forget where I was when I heard that Lord British had been killed. The character, Ultima creator Richard Garriott's alter-ego and in-game avatar, burned to a crisp during a beta test of Ultima Online on August 9th, 1997. The game officially launched a month and a half later, twenty years ago today, and I loved it in a way that has kept me…

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Feature: Revisiting The Ancient MMO

18 Years Later, Why Are People Still Playing Ultima Online?

Later this year, Ultima Online [official site] will turn 18 years old. In the genre of MMOs, that makes the game positively ancient - and it's even more remarkable when you consider that it's still funded via a subscription model. I’ve never played an Ultima game, much less one that’s nearly my age. I wanted to find out what the game is like to play…

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Have You Played… Crusader – No Remorse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I wasn't sure if I remembered Crusader: No Remorse more fondly than I should and then I noticed that it's free on Origin at the moment, so I downloaded it to check. You should download it as well because it might well be…

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Kilrathi Gratuit: Wing Commander 3 Free On Origin

Mark Hamill might be wearing those dusty old wizard robes again, but 20 years ago, the Wing Commander games were the only hope of Hamillaniacs to see him zapping about in spaceships and all that. Perhaps in the spirit of his renewed Star Warring, or patting Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts on the back for Star Citizen, or--who knows!--possibly even promoting their service, EA are…

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Beyond Britannia: Worlds Of Ultima Free At GOG

Free RPGs of old! I hadn't thought about the Worlds of Ultima games for a long time but they are now free on GOG.com and seeing that made me hunger for a continuation. Rather than taking place in Britannia, land of vice and virtue, the short-lived spin-off series transports the Avatar to fantastical Vernian environments, namely a savage jungle empire and a Victorian era Mars.…

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Feature: Intrinsic Virtues

Gaming Made Me: Ultima VII

I was only young when I played Ultima VII but I had already ventured to the depths of dungeons that dripped with dread, partaken in interstellar war and defended my home planet from invaders. Like Roy Batty and all people who grew up with games, I had seen and done so much. Between adventures in space, I’d rezone my commercial districts or build a new…

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Project: Origin (No, Not That One)

Gaming archaeology: now there's an idea. It can only be better than Bonekickers, anyway. Upon hearing that EA Mythic had received several crateloads full of Origin Systems (the long-dead studio behind the Wing Commander and Ultima games, plus System Shock, and once home to the power duo of Warren Spector and Richard Garriot) archive materials, a group of fans arranged to catalogue the treasure trove.…

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