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Embrace your inner nerd.

Author: jnarishma

Remembering my first

Posted by jnarishma Wednesday July 2 2008 at 11:30AM
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No, I'm not talking about my first awkward experience in the realm of sex (probably because I was drunk and don't remember it at all).  I'm talking about my first MMO.  I remember the excitement and the brave new world I was experiencing.  I remember meeting new people online.  I also remember my first ganking as a lowbie and my first pk death.  I remember being a little pissed off and excited at the same time being killed by another player. 

I guess you could say that I came to the MMO genre later than some.  My first MMO was Lineage 2.  When it first started, the game was great.  There were plenty of players, the combat was great, the graphics were awesome.  The quests were a little boring, but I didn't care.  I was venturing into a new world.  I remember spending endless nights playing Lineage 2.  I would come home from work and immediately jump online.  I forgot about food on many occassions and all I wanted to do was join my friends in  some fun.  I really enjoyed the world of Lineage 2 and looking back, I really liked the PVP style.  Although, at the time, it was a bit frustrating having open PVP, but it gave a sense of realism.  Wherever I went, there was the possiblity of death.

I don't play Lineage 2 anymore.  The game became a time sink, not to mention the rampant botting, farmers, etc.  I just wasn't having as much fun anymore.  So I decided to look into other MMO's.  I tried WoW, Tabula Rasa, AoC, several free MMO's, and probably a few others I can't think of at the moment.  Nothing so far has given me the feeling that I had when I first started playing Lineage 2. 

This has got me thinking.  Will there ever be any MMO that will give me the same feeling as my first?  Are my standards to high?  Am I being picky? 

I'm sure that other people have experienced this. What was your resolution?  Did you find an MMO that generated those same feelings?  Did you lower your expectations and standards?

This feeling reminded me a lot of the feeling you get when you first fall in love.  You'll always remember your first love.

So, was your first MMO experience like your first love: something you'll never forget and something you will compare all other loves to?  Or was your first MMO experience like losing your viriginity: awkward, disappointing, short, and something you'd probably rather not remember?