I have just discovered that the most well-known MOO (Multi-User Domain, Object Oriented), LambdaMOO, is still out there and operational (more or less). I was shocked!
When I was 12-13 or so (c. 1994-5), I was really into MOOs, I even had my own MOO which was mostly a place for my friends and I to hang out and play internet Truth or Dare. I guess for me it was kind of like a chat room or IRC but with more ‘visual’ elements – you could design and create rooms and objects, even games.
It was really fun, and in the relatively early days of the Web, it was a lot more interactive than web pages were.
I never was involved with the more goal-directed MUD games, as much. I wonder if any of those are still going.
Did you participate in MOOs or MUDs back then? Do you still? I’ve never really found anyone IRL (other than the friends from my own MOO) who did.
I have very fond memories of my time on MOOs, but I know it had some of the foibles of other internet spaces. Unfortunately, LambdaMOO’s legacy on the web today is mostly a Village Voice article about a virtual sexual assault and the way it divided the community.
For those who are too young or weren’t a part of MOOs/MUDs, I guess the best way to describe it today would be a text-only ‘Second Life’.