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The Kingdom of the Winds

The Kingdom of the Winds is a first game developed by Nexon, which is based on the Jin Kim's manhwa (commonly known as 'comic' in English). After almost two years of its development, the game was first revealed in beta service on December 25th 1995, and officially debuted on April 5th 1996. Since then, The Kingdom of the Winds recorded 18 million registered users, and 130,000 maximum concurrent users up to this date. It is also the first Korean online game to officially begin service internationally. The game still attracts many online users, and in 2011 the Guinness Book of World Records recorded it as the longest running commercial graphic MMORPG. With almost two decades since its release, The Kingdom of the Winds is now generally referred as the living historic figure of Korean online games and its exponential industrial growth.

The Kingdom of the Winds 1996

For the past 18 years The Kingdom of the Winds constantly has changed its game system by numerous updates and game patches. Despite its core elements are remain as the same and still attracts many online users, the game is no longer as the same than what it was originally looked like back in year 1996.

As part of Nexon Computer Museum's digital archiving project, "The Kingdom of the Winds 1996" presents the restored version of The Kingdom of the Winds from 1996. This ambitious project began with a focus of restoring and preserving online games to its original released status. Also in order to fully reproduce its game play – which is one of the most important elements in video games, Nexon Computer Museum has successfully restored its source code and core game systems and opened it for public visitors to play.

Nexon Computer Museum looks forward to see increased public awareness and new academic debates towards the history of online games and preservation would emerge, with the help of "The Kingdom of the Winds 1996" project.

The live version of the restored The Kingdom of the Winds.
This live version does not support creating a new character, instead can only played with pre-registered characters from the original The     Kingdom of the Winds.

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