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100 Ideas that Changed the Web by Jim Boulton

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‘You haven’t lived until you’ve died in MUD’

IDEA No 33

MASSIVELY MULTI-PLAYER ONLINE GAMING

When student friends Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle created Multi-User Dungeon at Essex University in the late ’70s, they created not only a multi-player game, but also a parallel universe, a virtual world with all the emotions and complexities of planet Earth but without the physical limitations. And with added wizards and dragons to keep it interesting.

Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft is the world’s most subscribed MMORPG.

Roy Trubshaw was a keen player of adventure games, the genre of computer games named after Colossal Cave Adventure, created ...

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