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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:50AM Ocho said

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WoW. I keep leaving to play other games, sometimes for months and months at a time... but then I keep coming back to WoW. It just won't let me leave. :)

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:51AM zorovriend said

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Believe it or not: RuneScape.

It was the first MMO wich I played since I was 12 so it is grinded in my brain, i dont play it so much now.

I dont know if i compare other games to it, i certainly dont hope so.
I do have the tendancy to get bored witch certain games before the month is over, thats why i have no subs going at the moment.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:20AM remeran said

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@zorovriend

Man Runescape...I remember those days. Mine isn't runescape, but I will say that I will never forget the music that comes on when runescape loads up. Might not have been high quality but back then it was a truly epic feel.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 10:40AM Dumac said

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@remeran
Actually, yeah, Runescape music was pretty epic :)
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 1:17PM kasapina said

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Runescape is definitely the MMO I'll keep returning to, even if for only a month every year or two. It was also my first mmo, and it was also a game I played at a young age. Also, World of Warcraft. I play it rarely nowadays, having only touched it for a week in the past year, but I will always remember it as a game where you always had something to do, a game with a lot of variety and polish.

From the non-mmo games out there, Halo:Combat Evolved and Oni. They don't make games like these anymore.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:53AM Aganazer said

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D&D Online

Its not my first, nor is it the longest subscription I've had, but its the one I think about and compare new games to the most. No other game has matched the atmosphere, immersion, and depth of mechanics. Combine DDO with an open world game and it would be the best MMOG on the market.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:55AM Xailia said

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EQ1.

If it was your first MMO, you will understand.

Posted: Feb 7th 2011 7:07PM Valdamar said

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@Xailia

^ This.

I only have to hear that EQ theme tune from the loadscreen and the memories just come flooding back.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:57AM Krogg said

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Dark Age of Camelot.

This was my first MMO. I almost wish I had never played it for the simple fact that no MMO on the market has come close to replicating how great DAOC's PvP system is. And as such, I find myself terribly bored with today's instanced battlegrounds, battles, etc... and constantly comparing new title's to how DAOC did things. I am excited about Guild Wars 2 though and their 3 way server battles... sounds like they MIGHT be on the right track there.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 8:59AM MMOaddict said

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I have a few. Mostly FFXI, as that's where I had some great friendships as well as awesome storylines, and tons of depth. Vanguard is next even though I've never hit max level, the game "world" is just sheer beauty and deep as well. I almost added WoW to this list, as that's what I've been playing mostly in the last 6 years...but lack of DEPTH, see a pattern here?, has made me seriously start to hate Blizzard and their lack of growing the game sideways.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:02AM Khalus said

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Final Fantasy XI

Its the only MMO that I've played for more than 2-3 months straight ~ "4 years & 3 months" ~ of which I use to size up the more modern MMOs of this new generation. I usually get bored of most the new titles during their beta periods or within 2 weeks after they launch...they just don't have "that thing" XI radiates!

It amazes me how for nearly 8 years, FFXI was the only MMO that was also on consoles, with FFXIV being the 2nd, then finally DCUO {but that one doesn't link with its PC counterpart, the servers are separate.} Also there are a ton of unique features and events and the style of combat in PTs and just navigating around the world that has never been copied by any other MMO, and they should. I believe the way FFXI was designed to be far superior to the current generation of devs, "lets just copy that one MMO", instead of attempting to make something new and exciting of our own!

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 7:44PM Suplyndmnd said

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@Khalus

Nice to see FFXI on page 2. I was hoping it would be on here already. This game has also been "that game" that became the measuring stick that I hold other games to. Well, did. I haven't played it in a while nor will I go back now with all the raised level cap stuff they're doing to my game.

1 1/2 years ago that game had gear in it that when you put it on, you still had that sense of pride for earning it. Some of that rare/ex gear was a royal pain in the ass to get especially things like Raja's Ring, Omega Ring, or the great gear out of Dyna-Beau and Dyna-Xarc. Cant remember the dozens of times i ran those each to see maybe 2 pieces of RDM gear total drop and it was like a 20+ man masturbation fest just to see it drop. People hooting and hollering on vent and congratulating the lucky son of a bitch who could roll on it.

I still refer to FFXI when people talk of "grind" in games. I tell them to go get a time machine and go back about 4 years and play FFXI and they'll see what a grind was. When you had to walk your level 10 ass to Valkrum Dunes (or The Dooms™) as I always called them as you were certainly desperate for exp if you took a party there before 15.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:03AM FaerliSayne said

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Vanguard: SOH

It was my first mmo. My husband talked me into trying it when we first started dating, and it definately shaped my MMO worldview. Yearly, we keep going back to it and revisiting the world, our characters, and even our guild who are still active on the server.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:09AM Nolinquisitor said

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City of Heroes. In my point of view, it's the first game I've played that capture the super-heroes feel. Plus, you could fly around the maps early in the game, a perk now found in other MMOs.

That was until Batman: Arkham Asylum, but still, CoH will be on my pc forever. I don't have a sub right now, don't have time to play, but I'll come back later.

Regarding fantasy MMO, I want my goblins dead and I cannot stand them to ride hotrods while delivering mail throughout the land.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:17AM Arkanaloth said

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I was told it wasn't possible to leave FFXI... but I did, quite easily actually.

I was told it wasn't possible to leave WoW... but I did, it did take a while, I tried to love the endgame but honestly I just hated it and alts are only fun until they too hit the end-game.

I tried leaving GuildWars... and I did, and came back, and left for a little while, and came back again... of all the MMO's I've played and tried, FFXI, EQ2, WoW, RoM, Vindictus, SWG, STO, Vanguard, etc... I always come back to GuildWars, and so far only WoW has been able to divert my attention from GW for more than a few weeks / months. (and even playing WoW I logged into GW for events and stuff)

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 10:49AM Tom in VA said

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@Arkanaloth

I really think the MMO/CORPG game structure used by Guild Wars 1 has a lot of potential left in it, but no developer seems to be picking up on this at the moment.

Guild Wars 2 certainly sounds fun, but GW2 is a very different game from GW1.

I am hopeful some developer(s) will design a new game with the play-style flexibility, story richness, and all-around "fun factor" of Guild Wars 1. One of the most crucial elements, imo, is the ability to use AI to either solo an instance or fill out an incomplete player group. In GW1, you could do so much on your own or with a friend or two.

Thus far, the only game on the horizon that looks remotely "Guild Wars 1-like" to me is Neverwinter, but it's being made by Cryptic ... which makes me more than a little nervous and wary.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:18AM Tizmah said

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Still to this day, I'm deeply saddened how Vanguard:SoH did not turn out like it should. If any MMO had potential, Vanguard had it to the highest degree. But so many errors were made by the dev team and SoE. I revisited Vanguard like 10 times to see where it was. Not many games allow you to build a ship, put it out on the water or sell it, and ride around the world with it. Heck when you cut down trees, trees actually fell. It's the little things like that that make an MMO suck you in. Unfortunately, Vanguard had an even number of technical problems that sucked you right back out.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:20AM Jesse A said

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LOTRO, Although that sentiment has faded steadily since Mines of Moria.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 9:23AM Thrishmal said

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I may be one of the very few, but Warhammer Online. I keep going back to WoW, but that has more to do with the fact my friends are there.

Warhammer Online is special to me because it is just insanely fun, I liked it in Beta and I like it now. Nothing has quite been able to compare to the experiences I have had in Warhammer Online. Something about the classes, art, and game mechanics just have my name written all over them.

Just wish more people enjoyed the game as much as I do, since it is lack of people I know that tends to keep me from playing it.

Posted: Feb 4th 2011 7:48PM Suplyndmnd said

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@Thrishmal

You know, Warhammer Online was good until all these massive changes to the gameplay. I cancelled my sub when they started charging for RR100 and all that other crap and completely taking out VP and Dom timers. Ruined the only thing that held me to that game. I started and fell in love with it because of the PQ's but I stayed because of the PvP. A very solid victory for a game since I detest PvP but Tier 4 when it was a weekend. Have 350 destro and 400 order all in one area fighting, was unreal.
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