MMO worlds have a history that merits study, preservation, and documentation. I collect memories of MMO worlds from the individuals who played, built, socialized, and–in a way–lived in these digital worlds.
If you would like to contribute your own stories independent of myself, feel free to do so at the Wikia: http://publichistorynorrath.wikia.com/
If you played any game that involved “living” in a digital world, I hope that people will create pages about your characters. Tell us stories about your experience, such as the first time you grouped with a friend, a memorable raid, or the feelings you had when you discovered a cool item or a neat landscape.
The focus is primarily on Everquest and Everquest II, but all stories are welcome.
I have also written about MMOs on this blog and others, linked here:
- “The Oral History of MMOs” – Play the Past, 3 September 2015
- “Public history and video gaming: Spontaneous digital remembrance” – Public History Commons, 2 June 2015
- “Forgotten Spaces of Norrath: Why We Need a History of Digital Spaces” – 21 May 2015
- “Goodman and Ribbitribbit: How MMO Communities Memorialize” – 28 April 2015