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POP THROWBACK: MMO Games That Shaped The 2000s

Sep 15, 2022
by JR Carag

2 min read

AB_POP THROWBACK_ MMO Games That Shaped The 2000s

Whether it’s Valorant, Genshin Impact, or Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, most popular gaming titles in the Philippines today require a network connection. That trend all started with these massively multiplayer online (MMO) games being introduced to the local gaming market. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, and reminisce about our favorite Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games of yore, and see where they are now.

Get a blast from the past from these pioneering online games!

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Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online

From Ragnarok Online Official Website

Ragnarok, the country’s first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), paved the way for the local online gaming market. “RO” or “Ragna,” as fans called it, was a hit among fans for its gameplay, cute chibi graphics, and earworm-worthy music. The game penetrated the local gaming zeitgeist to such an extent, that even after the slow decline of the PC version over the years, versions of the game are still being sought after by dedicated fans. Ragnarok M: Eternal Love, the mobile updated game version, is now one of the top-grossing apps on both the Google Play and Apple App Store.

Oz World

Oz World

From MMORPG.com

Oz World is the first MMO game in the country, and it introduced the MMO genre by focusing on what online play excels at the most: social interaction. Players can go fishing, build in-game houses, participate in social activities with other players, and even take the next step and get married in-game! Unfortunately, the game has been discontinued as games with more to offer were introduced, but you never forget your first!



From Softnyx Official Website

This MMO turn-based artillery game, reminiscent of Worms or Scorched Earth, pitted players on different maps where the last standing player or team wins. Gunbound offered multiple vehicles or “mobiles'' that each had its own skill set and play styles. You can relive doing Boomerlauncher backshots and playing Aduka Only in Thor’s Hammer through the game’s mobile port. If you’re looking for your Gunbound fix, the mobile version of the game, GunboundM, is available for free on both the Google Play and Apple App Store.



From Google Play Store

It’s Dance Dance Revolution for your fingertips! O2Jam is a MMO music rhythm game where players compete for a high score by timing their key presses to the rhythm of the song. Like most games in the rhythm game genre, the game allowed players to choose the difficulty of their songs from Easy to Hard and customize their avatars to show off their in-game style. O2Jam has a paid mobile version that offers all the classic songs you used to play. Check it out on the Google Play or Apple App Store and practice perfecting Fly Magpie all over again!

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JR Carag

JR is a contributing writer for Next Upgrade’s Entertainment and Sports & Fitness categories. He is currently working on a fictional web novel for a subscription-based website; and, as a former law student, he also does freelance legal writing and research. He enjoys watching video essays about various topics on YouTube, and fantasy booking storylines for his favorite professional wrestling promotions.