Jump to content
rllmuk
Sign in to follow this  

Recommended Posts

30 years ago Lucasarts released in a very limited form Habitat, a social MMO very much like Second Life.

 

hab3.jpg

 

And now according to http://www.indieretronews.com/2017/06/neohabitat-relaunch-of-first-mmorpg.html#more

 

Many of you probably didn't know this (I know I didn't) but in 1986 LucasArts, with development by Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar, released a beta of the massively multiplayer online RPG of ' Habitat ' for the C64; a first attempt at a large scale commercial virtual community that was graphic based. Each person in this large world had to have a C64 and had to be able to connect via a modem and telephone, which for many probably caused very high phone bills. And on that note today's news is something pretty special, as The Museum of Digital Art and Entertainment have released Neohabitat - a relaunch of the first massively mulitplayer online roleplaying game, Lucasfilm's Habitat.

 

All you need to get going is here https://github.com/frandallfarmer/neohabitat/blob/master/README.md

 

neohabitat_splash.png

  • Upvote 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for posting this @Unofficial Who

 

It reminds me of the days when the whole world of "online" (was it called that in the 90s? ;-) ) seemed so new and full of incredible potential. Stuff like Micronet and playing multiplayer games like MUDs, over your telephone, were mind blowing! 

 

But Habitat was one of those really advanced ideas that only ever seemed to happen in the States. It will be great to finally play it as it was intended. I wonder if it would work with a real C64 and this wireless modem.....

 

https://jammingsignal.com/commodore-wi-fi-modem/

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Found this on YouTube, it's the Lucasfilm Games company presentation video from 1987 discussing upcoming games including Habitat and Maniac Mansion.... there's a special guest right at the end. I guess in 1987 he was still revered before he decided to rape everyone's childhood (clue ;-) ).

 

 

On a slightly different note, there's an interesting looking game called Black Hawk that's previewed which looks like a mix of a typical Microprose flight sim from the time but mixed with the arcade style of Rescue on Fractalus. Unfortunately it was never released... 

 

Still love that C64 THX style opening for Lucasfilm games!

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, buizel said:

All i want is neverwinter nights back, should be so easy now right?

 

There's still a version running online somewhere. I played it a few years ago. Also an offline version here

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 hours ago, Lorfarius said:

 

There's still a version running online somewhere. I played it a few years ago. Also an offline version here

 

Yeh I've played the offline version, would love to play the online one, guess I'll have to find it..  OR REMAKE IT.

 

seriously though i cant find the online version anywhere

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.