A colony founded through a magical nexus, Meridian 59
had it all going on -- until, that is, the portal to the colony collapsed and it was left to fend for itself. Monsters swarmed over the land, politics split the community into factions, and adventurers were called to rise up and become the heroes that were desperately needed. And all it took was $10.95 a month and an internet connection.
Welcome to 1996 and one of the very first -- if not the first (more on that later) -- graphical MMOs to hit the scene. Meridian 59
may not have been one of the biggest games in the genre, but it was arguably one of the most important, the John Adams to World of Warcraft's
Abraham Lincoln. If you were wondering, Darkfall
was Chester A. Arthur.
It seems fitting to end 2011 by touching upon this significant title that, against all odds, continues to operate today. Meridian 59
weathered studio shutdowns, newbie developers in every sense of the word, and a world that wasn't quite sure what to make of these fancy-schmancy massively interactive roleplaying games. MIRGs! Oh, that would've been such a better acronym, but I digress. Let's set the wayback machine to 1978 to see how one amateur game led to another that led to the birth of an industry.