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MMO Addict. Finding the right MMO.

Blog of an MMO addict trying to find the right MMO. From Linux gaming to reviews.

Author: gaiusmarius

MY MMO History - At a Glance.

Posted by gaiusmarius Sunday March 15 2009 at 3:45AM
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My introduction to multiplayer games was around 1999 or some-time when Age of Empires 2 was the game to have, I played on a 56k connection at my home in the country, 50c to dial, $30 a month for unlimited downloads, 56k speeds, excellent. I always got around 40k speeds, if I dialed into the city number I would get slightly higher, but the cost to dial was more expensive.

After gaming with strategy games from the likes of Age of Empires and Rome: Total War and also some FPS games, I soon got broadband as soon as it was available and that is how I got into more serious multiplayer gaming...

I played a small MMO game called A-Tractor - now known as The Universal, a cute game that has a player driven economy and is always in beta, and a small community, that was the first MMO game I ever played, apart from browser based MMO's (if you can call them that). I played that on and off...

At the time of the South Park episode of Make Love, Not Warcraft I was introduced to WoW - by the episode of course, I bought it from my local EBGames and brought it home to install on my system - a P4 with a 6600GT and 1GB RAM. The package had no CDKey so I was screwed and I bought a CD Key online off a popular retailer and started playing, I leveled a Human Paladin by grinding - not questing, as I thought it was the easiest method - oh the woes of a noob to Warcraft. I got it to 60 and joined a DKP raiding guild and raided MC on our raid days, I played until BC and got to level 70 and quit, thus ends that period, I went back to FPS and other MP games. I returned and leveled several other characters and played off and on and got back into it more seriously at the release of WOTLK, I now have a Dranei Mage (80) and a NE Boomkin (80) and 1 horde 70 warlock and a horde undead DK (80)... I play the game frequently to do daily CD's and sometimes play for fun but I am awaiting more content and only play to raid.

Around the time of Gods and Heroes being advertised I got into the beta and played that - I have been a heavy ancient time fan and wanted to play a Roman-themed MMO for ages and I played this until it was closed, I was heartbroken, so I had no MMO's to play, until I found AoC.

During one of the phases of my WoW breaks I was following AoC and managed to get into the closed beta, managed to download and install the game on my crappy computer and it didn't play - no surprise. So I upgraded my computer completely and now have a Q9300 and 9800GTX with 4GB of RAM. I managed to get into early access and played a ranger until level 60 and at the time the content was quite dismal so I quit and returned recently and leveled a barbarian to 80 mainly on quests with help of grinding groups, transferred to Bloodspire and now am waiting for paid transfers so I can go to Cimmeria, as it's dead.

I am however, still finding the right MMO for me, AoC wont do it I don't think, as IMO honestly it might be a lost cause as there's not enough financial backing and the company making it hasn't got the best of track records... So I am sad to say I think AoC is a highly niche MMO kind of like Vanguard.

Elranzer writes:

I deeply enjoyed Lineage 2 when it released. However being a huge Warcraft RTS fan, I naturally gravitated to WoW, and started on release day. I played thru AQ40, and about 1/2 of Naxx in classic WoW. During BC I played in a casual weekend raiding guild. We just did Kara and SSC while people were trying to kill Kael. Later we stepped it up and managed to add another raiding day and clear all of BT just before Sunwell came out. However I was a big PvPer, Full season 3, etc. Tho due to my constant love hate relationship with arenas I didn't participate in S4. Anyway, enough of my WoW history.

WoW has an enormous player base, an excellent company backing it , and is designed to grab the largest and most diverse player base possible. It has a little something for everyone. This is the main reason for its success. A lot of the MMO's out there have incredible design concepts, but either fail to implement them, or fall shy of the juggernaut that is WoW. Until recently I played almost every Pay-to-Play MMO that came out (Lineage 2 and on). I enjoyed a number of them, but I never stuck with them due to either lack of content, or a player driven economy that, well, suffered due to the lack of players.

I'd recommend Lineage 2 if there weren't so many bots. It still has a good following, however it's mostly in Asia and Europe. Each time I have reactivated my account I've loved the changes that NCsoft has made. Anyway, I'm sorry I rambled on. Basically narrow down if you're looking for a raiding game, or a PvP game, or both. This site has a lot of information on all sorts of MMO's.

Mon Mar 16 2009 10:38PM Report writes:
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