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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:42AM Grendel said

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I startet with a german MUD called Unitopia in the early-to-mid 90s and switched over to Meridian 59 after a while. Then I fell in love with Ultima Online and stayed there for more than 7 years. I played a lot of MMOs since then, but none of it could give me the fun and feelings of UO.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:45AM Geiko said

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Actually been playing since UO myself, though not the launch of it considering I was like, 3 when I actually started. I would have to say though that SWG and UO are my all-time favorite MMOs.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:54AM (Unverified) said

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Ragnarok Online. It could have been Everquest if I hadn't chose The Wheel of Time computer game instead. I didn't know much about either at the time.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 9:59AM Hives said

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My first MMO was polish Star Wars MUD game. Then... Nothing more, because I didn't have money to spend on MMO ;P Then WoW till Cata, which I quit in late January. Planning to try TOR, buy Guild Wars 2, but I am really waiting for some next-gen MMO, getting sick & tired of old mechanics. Dark Millenium and Titan are defienetly on my radar.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:02AM Thrishmal said

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Guess I have technically been playing since the early days of the graphical MUD named Wyvern.I don't remember when I started playing exactly, but it was shortly after I moved to NC back in 2000.

The flying shoes nerf made me lose a lot of interest in that game though...

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:12AM (Unverified) said

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Started with SWG and loved it. I quit when NGE hit.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:15AM Bottleskup said

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I started with Runescape in 2003, Runescape 'Classic' with overheads instead of animations, huge clunky inventories and the such, then i moved to Runescape 2/Runescape in 04, still occasionally playing Classic. Then near the end of 2005 i bought EQ2s Desert of Flames and EQ2 was to become my home for almost 5 years, I quit just as Sentinels Fate came out, for several compounding reasons. One of them being Sentinels Fate.

Dropped MMOs completely for 6months, then a friend got me into Guild Wars which I am ashamed to say I never got in to earlier, and that kinda sparked a renewal, where I came back to Runescape, tried Aion, EVE, AoC, D&D, RoM, LotRO, and then the Rift beta, basically just tying to stave off my cravings for GW2 and what EQ2 used to provide for me.

Currently I am playing Runescape again (cant get away) and Guild Wars on and off, helping people with updates if they need me and grinding HoM points for GW2.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:17AM Redeye said

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Started playing Ultima Online in 1997, played for three years and then moved to Everquest. I haven't really settled down since then. In fact, I'm playing UO again on a free shard.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:19AM Ayenn said

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For the record, a MUD is not a MMORPG. Nor are MOOs. Though I started playing those way WAY back in the 80s I will not count them. They are not the same critter. Also, games like Diablo is about as much a MMO as Doom multi hack was. It is a cooperative action RPG and nothing more.

I believe my first MMORPG was a little known game called WarBirds which was launched in 1995. Though it has strong flight sim leanings it technically fits into the category of MMO though it almost needs a shoehorn to do so.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:59AM Seffrid said

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@Ayenn "For the record, a MUD is not a MMORPG"

No, but don't forget that the early MMO's were developed by keen players of MUD's, and were very inspired by them. They were graphically enhanced MUD's really, with less emphasis on the micro-management that characterised a lot of MUD's. As for the modern MMO's, well they're just based on the early ones of course :)!

Also, the correct genre names ought really to be "MURPD" and "MMOG" because there's a heck of a lot more role-playing in your typical MUD than you'll find in a MMO.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 12:36PM Grendel said

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@Ayenn The MUD I'd played was more of an MMORPG than every "Current-Gen-MMO" that dares to call itself a RPG. I haven't seen roleplaying in MMOs for quit a few years. So I'd say it's good to name those MUDs here.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:24AM Darkdust said

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SWG just after the CU hit -- Memorial Day weekend of 2005, IIRC.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:45AM Dalamos said

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I started playing with UO T2A. I was just a kid back in the day and I ended up getting it for my birthday. Loved that game to death, though I never got to far.

After that I played FFxi for a few years and have been a floater since then never staying with a game for to long. Seems to be a trend with us all.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 10:50AM Poordevil said

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World of Warcraft was my first ever MMO. I remember seeing Everquest on the shelves and considering giving it a try, but never did. My PC was used for single player games, online FPS like Unreal Tournament, and Diablo 2.

I remember at launch WoW was sold out everywhere. It took over a week of hitting every gaming outlet in town before I got lucky one morning and found a small shipment of titles that had just arrived.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:02AM (Unverified) said

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Since I got my beta cd for Everquest

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:15AM Bonushand said

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I can never seem to stick with a game for more than 2 years and in fact this seems true for almost any hobby I have. It's quite frustrating actually, as I look back and remember loving games like SWG, WOW, FFXI, and EVE, but I must have stopped them for a reason

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:28AM blackGeisha said

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First MMO I was exposed to was Everquest in 1999, but I only watched someone else play it. First MMO I tried was Ultima Online in 2000/2001, but I couldn't get in to it because, well, I was more in to RTS' and FPS' to be honest.

Flash forward to 2004, and then WoW came out. Played it when my friend would let me on his computer, but never kept up with it. A year later, tried WoW for 30 days but never sub'd.

I wouldn't try MMOs because I got married and heard too many horror stories of spouses being lost to WoW and others, until 2009 when I EVE Online was suggested to me, and I was looking for community because my constant moving had more or less severed community for me. So I tried EVE but the learning curve was way too much for me at the time and the story line meant nothing to me.

Then I heard about Star Trek: Online, a game with an IP rich in history and the developers had to pull something amazing off to work this IP -- ha! Though STO was the first MMO I really invested time in to, I ended up dropping it a few months after launch because it was repetitive and boring as hell.

I'm playing DCUO now and I can see the same wall I hit in STO with DCUO. It has me thinking that maybe I'm not a good fit for MMOs, or that I need to play them at first, walk away, then come back when they have more offerings, or maybe I need to rethink what an MMO is, maybe try realizing that it's not a gaming category with elements shared by other categories. Maybe grinding will always be there, maybe the procedure of Goal-->Reward will always exist -- or maybe developers need to develop a better way of hiding the fact that I'm grinding, or do x for y.

I think too much about, me thinks.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:31AM jpo said

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Launch Day of Asheron's Call was my first experience. I've been hooked ever since.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:32AM (Unverified) said

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First was technically Meridian 59 for a short period of time. My first long term was FFXI, from launch. Migrated to WoW, then to Rift currently.

Posted: Mar 6th 2011 11:34AM patman23 said

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First MMO was Ultima Online in 1997. Ah, the days of Dial Up.

Stopped after awhile, then was sucked into City of Heroes. I think CoH had launched a month before I joined, and I've been there since. So that's nearly 7 years consistently.

I played some WoW, some LotRo (still do, now it's free to play), some Trek, and some Champions Online (again, f2p).

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