WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Everquest is a 3D fantasy-themed browser MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed by Verant Interactive and 989 Studios for Windows and was released by Sony Online Entertainment in March 1999 in North America and by Ubi Soft in Europe in April 2000. A version for Mac OS was released in June 2003 but was shut down in November 2013. In June 2000 Sony Online Entertainment absorbed Verant Interactive to gain full control of the development and publishing of the game. But in February 2015, Sony sold the studio to Inception Acquisitions who rebranded as Daybreak Game Company, who develops and publishes Everquest until now. The game is known for its addictive qualities, among other best browser MMORPG. Many players refer to it as “NeverRest” and “EverCrack” comparing it to crack cocaine.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that in 2001, a mother believed that Everquest made her son commit suicide? Shawn Woolley, 21 years old, was found dead by his mother Elizabeth at his apartment. He had shot himself in front of his computer while the game is still playing on the screen. She says he was addicted to the game. Shawn also struggled with learning disabilities and other emotional problems but her mother believed it was the game that pushed him over the edge. Like other MMORPG browser games, Liz believes it’s a dangerous game, "If somebody shoots themselves in front of a computer screen of this game, they're trying to say something. You don't go sit in front of a computer game and shoot yourself if it didn't have something to do with the game," she says. She considered suing Sony. But Sony Online CEO John Smedley denies the game being the cause of Shawn’s death. He says, "Everquest is a game. And I don't see any connection between a form of entertainment and somebody's tragic suicide." Following that, Smedley orders a change in the game: an alarm clock that allows players to set their own limits. EverQuest is played by more than 400,000 people worldwide.