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“Ultima Online, the 9th Anniversary Collection” is $20 for the PC, plus $13 a month for online membership. “Ultima” occupies a special position in adventure games. It was the first successful MMORPG, as they’re called. TheUltima Online¬†letters stand for “Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.” It’s a mouthful, but the game pretty much launched a genre that is now dominated by the popular “EverQuest.” “Ultima Online” itself still has about 135,000 players, half of whom are in Japan.

The initial “Ultima” game goes back more than 20 years and was the first large graphical computer adventure game. Its creator, Richard Garriott, was a Texas teenager, the son of an astronaut. Both the single-player game and the present online version are from Origin Systems.

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