The First Online Multiplayer Games

Created Apr 4, 2018 by Juri
Today it's difficult to surprise anyone with a multiplayer mode in your game. But 20-30 years ago when the networking and the Internet technology were new and developing, a possibility to share a game with a friend was breathtaking. So let's go back to the start and celebrate the first online multiplayer games - from the real console retro to Counter-Strike and Doom.
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Netrek screenshot
    Netrek was released in 1988 as a successor to Xtrek and became the first Internet team game. The game is set in space where 2 to 4 teams up to 16 players in total need to capture each other's planets.…
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    MIDI Maze screenshot
      MIDI Maze was released for Atari ST in 1987. It was a first-person shooter in a Pac-Man-like maze. The game supported up to 16 computers connected via the local network. You played as a Pac-Man-like s…
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        Counter-Strike was one of the first games without a single-player mode. It was released in 1999 as a mode for Half-Life and a year later developed into a standalone game by Valve.Counter-Strike is one…
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        Age of Empires screenshot
          Age of Empires was one of the first real-time strategies with a multiplayer mode. The game was created in 1997 by Ensemble Studios. You needed to develop one of 12 available civilizations from a handf…
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          Spectre (1991) screenshot
            Spectre was developed for Apple Macintosh by Peninsula Gameworks and released in 1991. You needed to drive a tank and explode obstacles and enemy tanks as well. To win you had to collect 10 flags. The…
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            Neverwinter Nights (1991) screenshot
              Neverwinter Nights was the first multiplayer online RPG to display graphics. It was developed by Stormfront Studios and released in 1991 for MS-DOS. Creating a character and their interactions were di…
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              Final Fantasy XI screenshot
                Final Fantasy XI was released in 2002. It became the first cross-platform game between PlayStation 2 and PC. The game also was the first MMORPG for Xbox 360.You can customize your character and go exp…
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                  Doom is a legendary first-person shooter series. The first title was released in 1993 and was divided into three nine-level episodes. As a "Doomguy" you go through the legions of monsters from Hell. D…
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                  ChuChu Rocket! screenshot
                    ChuChu Rocket! was the first game for Dreamcast to support a multiplayer mode over the Internet. It's an action puzzle game by Sonic Team released in 1999. The goal of the game is to save mice from ca…
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