The Story of Habitat, the Very First Large-Scale Online Role-Playing Game (1986)

Colin Marshall, Open Culture, May 26, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Without diminishing the historical importance of Habitat., it should be noted that it was not the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). That distinction belongs to the multi user dungeon (MUD). Descended from Adventure (1975), the first MUD was created in 1978.Habitat was probably the first graphical MUD (where 'graphical' is understood as 'using graphics rather than text to create images'). But what really makes it distinct is that it was the first commercial MUD, created by Lucasfilm Games for the  Commodore 64s. Read the Wikipedia page for more on Habitat.
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