27 September, 2006
But that doesn’t stop the developers.
Mr. Schubert pointed it out before I did. Appropriate, since he broke, er, I mean, worked on the game before I did. ;) But, 10 years ago today Meridian 59 was launched on an unsuspecting public by an unsuspecting publisher, 3DO. Unfortunately, the public remained mostly unsuspecting due to some really terrible advertising.
Say what you will about the old girl, she has a place in history. She was the first online game for many people, she set the standard for the flat monthly fee (for which the original developers heartily apologize), and she has influenced many developers to get into online game development. Her developers have gone on to become influential in the industry. All this from a game developed from a group of relatively inexperienced game developers working out of the basement. Nothing short of amazing, really.
So, go ahead and give it a try. Try a piece of history.