Unreal, by Epic MegaGames, is a highly customizable 3D first-person perspective action game released in May 1998.
See the Unreal info in the 3D Action Gamers' Archive for more info.
A majordomo mailing list was created February 1st 1997 by joost schuur for discussing the creation of a Rec.Games.Computer.Unreal newsgroup.
The proposed RFD (Request for Discussion) for the newsgroup was authored by Raphaël Quinet <firstname.lastname@example.org>. There is an HTML version and a plain text version here at Gamers.Org, and another html-ized version by Sean Green at http://www.shadows.co.uk/rfd.htm.
On 10 Feb 1997 (Mon), at 22:13:59 GMT, the RFD was posted on Usenet.
On 05 Mar 1997 (Wed), at 21:21:58 GMT, the first Call For Votes (CFV) was posted on Usenet. You can now vote for rec.games.computer.unreal. The RFD page contains more info about this. Votes must be received on the 26th of March at the latest.
On 27 Mar 1997 (Thu), at 19:59:05 GMT, the results of the vote was posted on Usenet by the votetaker. The proposal failed:
unmoderated group rec.games.computer.unreal fails 81:42
Here is a full copy of the results.
The primary FTP archive for Unreal has been established at ftp.gamers.org/pub/unreal/