In the early days of the in­ter­net, there were text-based RPGs. And in spite of big-bud­get MMOs, Gen­e­sis LPMud is mak­ing a come­back.

PC GAMER (US) - - CONTENTS - By Lewis Pack­wood

Gen­e­sis LPMud is one of the old­est on­line mul­ti­player games in the world: It’s been run­ning for nearly 30 years. But six years ago it al­most came to an end. This is the story of how an en­thu­si­as­tic cadre of fans ral­lied to save it from ex­tinc­tion. MUD ( Multi-User Dun­geon) was cre­ated by Roy Trub­shaw and Richard Bar­tle at the Uni­ver­sity of Es­sex. It was a text-based fan­tasy ad­ven­ture that mul­ti­ple users could play over the uni­ver­sity’s net­work. The first ver­sion was made in 1978, but in 1980 the uni­ver­sity con­nected to ARPANET, the pre­cur­sor to the in­ter­net, and MUD be­came the first on­line mul­ti­player RPG.

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