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Community Spotlight: Your First MMO?

Posted by MikeB Thursday November 11 2010 at 4:26PM
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This week's Community Spotlight focuses on the thread "How old were you when you played your first MMORPG?" by Ramonski7. Based on the thread title, this weeks' topic should be pretty obvious, so let's jump right in!

Ramonksi7 unfortunately doesn't offer his own first experience, so let's see what others are saying.

preston326's first MMO was Knight Online when he was 14:

Maybe when I was 14 (I'm 21 now), my first MMORPG was Knight Online. Its terrible game, which is pretty much pay to win and its really heavy on grind, but we couldnt care less, boy did we enjoyed every hour playing that game, even through we were grinding (in that game you can grind, pvp, sell items and thats pretty much it, no crafting, dungeons no nothing).

I guess we just took the game for what it is and didnt care about what other people buy in cash shop, how do they advance or if they are more powerful than us due to cash shop. And you know what I miss those days, I believe people shouldnt care about those things and just relax and play cause at the end of the day its just a *game*. You should relax playing games not bog your head with artificial troubles and wories.

meleemadness started his venture into the world of MMOs at the ripe age of 37:

EQ was my first and I was 37, I think.  I did play Wizardy on an Apple II+ back in the 80's and then late 80's played Baldur's Gate but they were RPGs.  EQ wsa my first MMO and was recommended to my by guys 10 years younger than me, where I worked.  I went to get AC2 instead but it didn't work so i went back for EQ and was floored!!!   The planes of power were just out when I started, 2003ish.

In the end I left EQ as I was tired of loggin on just to stand around LFG.....I left for SWG a month after it released.

Ragnarok Online was Neiken's first experience with MMOs at the age of 17:

I was 17. I had been playing Rocket Arena 3 and D2 for a while. I saw someone talk about Ragnarok Online and explain to other members of Railbait.com forums.  Explained what it was and what a MMORPG was. He said it was kinda like D2 so i had to try it.

I tried it out and was hooked! It was in beta 1 at the time. I played it for years. Still play every once in awhile. For nostalgia purposes.

Ive tried just about everything on the market today, and game that arent anymore. I loved my first MMO. WIsh i could capture that feeling i had with my first again!!!

I first started playing MMOs with Star Wars Galaxies in 2003, so I was 17 at the time. However, I began playing MUDs at around eight or nine, beginning with Areth, which still runs to this day. I knew of actual MMOs when I was still playing MUDs, but I never made the jump myself until 2003 for a number of reasons. One of the primary barriers to entry  was, of course, financial. Doling out $15/month back then was let's just say, a little complicated for me. 

Another major reason was the fact I was pretty happy with MUDs overall, for the same reason that many people prefer reading the book when it comes to movie adaptations of popular books or book series. MUDs, being text based, allowed for my imagination to run wild, which did a lot more for me than the fairly ugly and poorly animated contemporary MMOs at that time.

Being a huge Star Wars nerd though, I couldn't resist Star Wars Galaxies when it was announced, and so I jumped head first into the game on launch day.

So, when did you first start playing MMOs and what made you take the plunge? Share your thoughts in the comments below!