Ultima Online, one of the longest running MMO to be created, has been inducted into MMOHall.com's "The Hall of Fame of Massively Multiplayer Online Games." MMOHall.com is owned by Fuzz Buzz Media and is situated in Plano, Texas.
Ultima Online, which was released on September 24, 1997, is an MMORPG developed by Origin Systems. It is probably the longest running (it is running up to this day) and most influential MMORPG as it paved the way for the development of the said gaming genre. The success of Ultima Online helped the gaming industry and influenced the development and creation of many other MMO games. It has even won 8 Guinness World Records.
However, this is not the first time Ultima Online has been inducted in a Hall of Fame. Back in 2010, it was the first game inducted to the Game Developer's Choice Online Awards Hall of Fame.
This year, it has been yet again voted to Hall of Fame courtesy of MMOHall.com. The voting panel of MMOHall.com includes:
- Richard Aihoshi, Free Zone columnist from MMORPG.com
- Eric Bloom, vocalist of band Blue Oyster
- J. Allen Brack, Production Director of World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
- Linda Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations for Sony Entertainment Online
- Todd Coleman, VP and Creative Director of KingIsle (Wizard 101)
- Sulka Haro, Chief Design Officer at MakieLab
- Carolyn Koh, writer and columnist for MMO-related websites and publications
- Gordon Walton, VP and Executive Producer at Playdom
- Andreas Weidenhaupt, CEO and founder of Infernum Productions
- Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Labs Software
As you can see, the voting panel consists of some really big names in the gaming community. Though the MMOHall site is poorly designed, the people behind sure know their stuff and as the pioneer to the MMORPG and gaming industy and for being one of the most awesome games that brought excitement to our life, Ultima Online deserves to be on this list.
Source: Massively | MMOHall
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