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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:17AM GaaaaaH said

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Runescape, since before the 3D conversion.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:18AM (Unverified) said

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EverQuest.....Ahh the good old days of dial-up

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:22AM Icemasta said

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First semblance of MMO was diablo 1, and I fell in love with online RPGs. My first MMO would be when I betaed Darkages by Nexon in 1997, and played that MMO for a very long time. Shattered Galaxy and Ragnarok online for a long while before I started playing pretty much all mmos.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:26AM Bhagpuss said

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Started in November 1999 with Everquest, to which I have been subscribed ever since, with just a single break of 6 months.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:36AM Beau Hindman said

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Started in '99 with Ultima Online, played everything online since. :)

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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:37AM Ardan said

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I guess my first MMO was Guild Wars and i played it since Beta.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:40AM Myopic Aardvark said

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My first MMO was COH, so however old that one is, is how long I've been playing MMOs.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:43AM Faryon said

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About 8 years. My first MMO was the beta of Ryzom, then went to SWG for six or seven months and quit just before JTL was launched. After that it's been a mix of WoW and several other MMOs.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:50AM Warwitch said

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My first experience with MMO gaming also began with Ultima Online. I've played many different releases since then.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:51AM Revolting said

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My first was Meridian 59, which I played for a year before the launch of Ultima Online completely eclipsed it in 97.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:55AM Dumac said

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First played Runescape in 2005. I have heard of MMORPGs before but i didn't understand what the abbreviation meant (and honestly, it was a little scary and "technical" sounding) so i didn't look into it until a friend MADE me play Runescape.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:59AM (Unverified) said

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I started playing MMOs 20 years ago this year (fall semester, 1991). Back then they were called MUDs, and they were text-based . . . so, before the "graphics" conversion I guess you would say. I can't remember the name of the first MUD I played, but it was hosted @ Indiana University.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 8:59AM UnknownUser said

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I started with some space game with a name I can't remember and Kesmai on CompuServe, followed by Shadows of Yserbius on the Imagination Network and SSI's Neverwinter Nights on AOL. That was in the pre-internet days. Once the internet came along (no more paying by the minute!), the first game I played was either UO at launch or Meridian 59. I can't remember which came first.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:17AM Drunken Irish Sniper said

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Since the Final Fantasy XI Beta on the XBOX 360. Great times.

Or Phantasy Star Online on the XBOX if you count that as an MMO (It's not, it's just a multiplayer game like Halo).

Wish I could go back to those times, I was new to gaming and everything was so grand and exciting. Now I can tell what a MMO is all about from playing it for a little while, or just following the info put out.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:24AM Rialle said

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Like many people, the first "true" MMO I was exposed to was Ultima Online, though I never really got into it at the time.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:28AM (Unverified) said

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I guess I am old but started on Neverwinter Nights on AOL and Shadows of Yserbius on INN. I played MUDS prior to that as well. I beta tested and played UO and Darksun online

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:29AM Miffy said

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Everquest 1999 - 2001 (Quit cause of Luclin)
Planetside 2003 - 2004 (Quit cause of BFRs)
Star Wars Galaxies 2003 - 2005 (Quit cause of the NGE)
Everquest 2 beta 2004 - Dec 2004 (Quit cause WoW killed the population)
World of Warcraft 2004 - 2005 (Quit cause BGs killed world PVP)
EVE Online 2003 - 2011 (Still playing)

Tried every MMO under the sun including UO, DAOC, WAR, AoC, Horizons, Rift etc etc. The above list is are the only MMOs I liked and played for more than a month.

EVE Online is the only MMO I play today because it's the only one where the developers know how to maintain it without ruining it. They don't add loads of BS that kill off the world like instances or battlegrounds. They don;t add things that break the rules like WoW does with it's story how all of a sudden you can kill elites or something solo for the sake of story.

Still waiting for a new MMO since 2005 and I hope SWTOR comes along and blows me away, though having linear space makes me sad.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:35AM JanChel said

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Do MUDs count? Then since Gemstone 3, Modus Operandi and that one space game they had. Never played Ultima Online proper, my time there was spent mostly on the test server. Been flitting from one MMO to another ever since, with my longest stays in FFXI, SWG and WoW.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 4:54PM Magius said

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@JanChel Of course they should count! They are Massively multiplayer online role-playing games after all and the grand-daddies of all the MMOs we have now!

My favorite MUD of the time was BatMud and, believe it or not, it seems to be active still. I started playing early 90's and jumped to Everquest later on. I was having a laugh when I found all the emotes were still valid. The original Everquest was still a MUD at heart.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:40AM Xilmar said

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It was 9+ years ago...late 2000 or something like that...it was Legend of Mir, an awesome game, even if it is the most hardcore grindy character progression ever. But then again, i was 13 at the time, didn't know much about MMOs

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