IRATA.ONLINE is provided for the benefit of retro-computing users to have a place to socialize, and develop interesting multi-user, interactive, and graphical games and social applications. It descends from the historical PLATO system, a massive time-sharing system that lasted from 1962 until NovaNET was closed in 2015. More than a BBS but a bit less than a commercial computing service.
Multiuser. Graphical, so it requires its own cross-platform software. Online games, social network, realtime chat, online development of new applications for the service in a language called Tutor. Has its own client software, Platoterm, for a number of retro platforms, including the Atari 8-bits, C64, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, and the Amiga. There is also an Android port.