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Shroud Of The Avatar virtuously goes free-to-play today

Blimey - Richard Garriot's Ultima successor MMO Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues only launched back in March. Despite leaving early access just seven months ago (to tepid critical response), Portalarium's dragon-bothering epic has now gone free-to-play. This second debut (third, if you count its 2014 early access launch) comes with an overhaul to the game's criticised earlier areas, hopefully making for a smoother ride for…

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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: 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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Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA's name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it's Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.

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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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Richard Garriot Still Loves His Ultima

Just a quickie about GameDaily's fairly candid interview with Lord British hisself. The sometime space voyager mostly shares about his thoughts on the upcoming Tabula Rasa closure. He seems saddened but not devastated; perhaps that's because the old boy's seen plenty of his games suffer in the past, or perhaps it's endemic of how TR was never what it should have been. The bombshell, such…

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Tabula Rasa Cleans Its Slate

(And isn't that joke getting annoying now? I aim to displease...) With WAR, WOW and LOTRO managing a high-fantasy chokehold on the MMO market at the moment, one might forget that Tabula Rasa's still out there offering something a little different. There've been various reports that the Richard Garriott-figureheaded sci-fi onliner isn't doing so well of late, but perhaps an apparent renewed offensive could lure…

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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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