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Player Perspectives: The Comeback Kids

Posted Dec 18, 2009 by Jon Wood

Player Perspectives: The Comeback Kids contributor Jaime Skelton continues her Player Perspectives column with this look at veteran players and their returns to their old games of choice.

Jaime Skelton

The years have grown and expanded the MMO community significantly. It's still hard to believe that it's been over a decade since Ultima Online chugged along on our connections to AOL; that Dark Age of Camelot seemed like it would have a permanent place in some of our hearts. Even the fact that World of Warcraft is five years old seems a long stretch of time, enough to make some of us feel old. There's a lot that we, as an MMO community, have seen, many people we have known, many games we have left behind, and new horizons that we continue to look to. Once in a while, however, our nostalgia kicks in, and we wander back to where we started.

It's a simple truth: players come back. With all the time we invest in our gaming, and all the changes that each game undergoes over time, we become curious. What have our "old friends" gone through while we've been gone? Who still remains? Why did we enjoy the game? Why did we leave? So, we come back. Sometimes we stay a while, reconnect with old friends and guild mates, or find ourselves enjoying the game. Other times, we wonder why we bothered with the downloading and installing in the first place.

Read Player Perspectives: The Comeback Kids.


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