Recently I’ve had certain titles bouncing around my head. Its funny because I haven’t been into any MMO for a long time. I thought I’d share a little history on a door that I’ve closed and don’t plan on going back to. Certain titles are huge like World of Warcraft, others small, but all have a good following in some way.
I’ve tried a lot of them over the years, World of Warcraft, Tera, Aion, D&D Online, LotR Online, Rift, Guild Wars, Everquest 1 & 2, Runescape, and a few more, that I can’t put a name on. Some of these I have spent a good deal of time in, and money, others I tried to get into, but couldn’t.
The really funny thing is my favorite one, which was also my first one. Runescape, may be surprising, since a lot of people trash it when comparing it to others. I can’t put my finger on it, but its the only one that keep me coming back. Any MMO possesses the ability to hook a player in many ways. The quest, exploring, combat leveling, PVP, skills leveling, and much more. Choose your poison, we all have one or several that we like.
I was introduced to this game back in middle school, during typing class. The teacher was old, didn’t move much, so we more or less did what we wanted on the computers. My friend who was beside me was playing Runescape, so I had to know more. After watching a little longer, I had an account and was on the game.
At the time Runescape 2 was only a few months old, and at this point, I really had no clue what an MMO truly was. It didn’t take long for my craving and love for RPG’s to kick in, I was hooked. I’m sure anyone who has played an MMO, can remember their first? Logging on you have so much to do, and not enough time to do it.
Do I level my character? Skills? Explore? Make money? You either set a path for yourself, or you go crazy like I did. I couldn’t figure out what to stick with. Heck, I felt like a boss when I killed my first NPC, which was a chicken lol.
After awhile though, you find yourself set in finding your own path. You start leveling your character, skills are slowly improving, and you’ve found some way to make money. But just like in real life, nothing is ever good enough. You need more of everything, no matter what it is. I primarily stuck with melee, I like the up and close battle.
As my character grew, I knew I needed better armor, weapons & shield, or weapon considering on my setup. This is where the game really hooked me, making money. A little fishing here, some woodcutting there, among other stuff. I remember finding out about some god armor which wasn’t nothing special, just more money and different colored trim.
I had to have it, and I did, at one point I two sets of it (Saradomin & Zamorak). This is what I’ve been thinking about lately. If I was younger I’d probably be on some type of MMO right now. Its funny how you think back to these types of things at certain times.
Any MMO that is able to pull off a so-so game, and gather good and loyal following is great. As I grow older though, I find that spare time gets shorter with each passing day. So any MMO is basically thrown out the door.
Do you play any MMO’s? Or have you in the past? If so let me know. I figured this would be a nice little topic, since it’s been on my mind lately.