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Ultima Online
For a long time Ultima Online could only be played on Microsoft computers. More advanced Mac computers (OS X) used to require a special facility called Boot Camp to create a partition in their hard disk and then download or buy a windows programme to place it in that partition.

This was far from ideal as Microsoft Windows has always been prone to attacks by hackers, and so it exposed Mac computers to the same sort of problems that Microsoft was exposed to. Since then Mac computers have become increasingly popular and with that - and especially the use of pocket phones - has come increasing vulnerability to attackers. I use a Mac today but don't notice any deterioration.

Now there are many types of computers, including Linux, on a General Public License (GNU). Linux also has the equivelent of the Mac partition. There are also special programmes for such crossover uses, like Parallels and CrossOver for a reasonable fee. The increasing use of mobile phones and other devices complicates things even more. But it also means that UO is now played much more widely than before.

Ultima Online was the first of the new MMORPGs to reach a wide popularity. It was first released in 1997. The Wikipedia website above gives a history of the game.

Parallel with this change has come the development of private shards. Some of these are able to be played on most computers and with servers that can take up to a thousand players. There is even a Wikipedia item on Ultima Online shard emulation. These are run by players who dedicate much time and effort to developing and maintaining their favourite MMORPG

One of these is Ultima Online Forever, another is Shroud of the Avatar, another is UO Second Age. They are often crowd funded to get them going.

Ultima Online Forever is available for mac as well as Microsoft. And it also has a server on which up to 650 players are online. Ultima Online Forever also has a forum: American players are in the majority, but role-players are also well-represented. Several role-player guilds exist. UO Forever, sometimes called UO Renaissance is playable with a Mac computer. 

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Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 08-31-2015, 05:36 AM
RE: Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 09-08-2015, 01:49 PM
RE: Ultima Online - by Starkadder - 09-10-2015, 04:04 AM
RE: Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 09-10-2015, 04:26 AM
RE: Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 09-11-2015, 12:23 PM
RE: Ultima Online - by GrimFinger - 09-11-2015, 03:34 PM
RE: Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 09-15-2015, 07:34 AM
RE: Ultima Online - by Greybeard - 06-30-2016, 09:47 AM

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