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Posted: Sep 30th 2011 2:51PM (Unverified) said

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Star Wars Galaxies - from beta to its death at the hands of Lucas Arts. Nothing has ever come close to capturing my attention for so long, though EQ2 is close.

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 4:00PM (Unverified) said

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Asherons Call 3.5 years straight and what a wonderful ride it was. Pure story and lore, and your characters name actually held value.

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 4:31PM Jorev said

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4 years in classic EQ from day 1 launch in spring 1999 til spring 2003.
Planes of Power expansion signaled the downfall and dummy down of classic EQ, so it was time to leave.

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 4:39PM Grendel said

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7.5 years of Ultima Online.

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 5:24PM (Unverified) said

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WoW. Played since US closed beta (late 2004) 5 years hardcore and still log in from time to time

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 5:32PM jonesiscool7 said

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Asheron's Call off and on since 1999 =)


so I guess 1999-2011 lol

I started when i was like 9? @_@

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 5:41PM rochrist said

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City of Heroes, seven years and counting.

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 5:45PM fastcart said

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FFXI for 3 years
EVE Online almost 4 years
Lotro 4 months
STO 2 months

Posted: Sep 30th 2011 9:30PM Palebane said

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Probably about 5 years. Though I can say that since I've started playing MMOs, the past eight months have been the longest I've gone without playing one. Waiting...

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 2:45AM drknox said

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Final Fantasy 11. 2 years. Man I still love that game and still play it. Oh course i would take breaks from time to t time but the cravings would soon come back what a freaking awesome game. Can't wait for the next level cap raise.!

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 4:08AM GMickey001 said

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Guild Wars 4.5 years. The only game to hold my attention well enough to make me want to stay...

I have other MMO's but I just dabble in them, not really interested in them or their stories or communities to want to hang around steadily...

Peace all...

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 5:26AM (Unverified) said

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Star Wars:Galaxies. From Beta 2003 to Present. And I will continue until Dec. 15th when they shut it down.

I've played the same character since the first day. A tailor. I've been playing her for 8+ years -- my alter ego. When they announced the closing of the game, I started to mourn the loss of my beloved character and the life she's had. All the things she's done. Gone.

It hurt far more than I ever imagined it would.

I started on Intrepid, played there till they closed it. Guild moved to Shadowfire. And then I moved to Starsider where I still run a tailor shop on Naboo.

This game and the people I've been playing it with are a part of my life. I am going to miss all that very much.

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 4:05PM Krazed said

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I played EQ from the day it was launched until WoW came out in, what, 2004? So about 4-5 years there. I might have logged more time in WoW, but it wasn't in a single stretch. From launch I probably only played WoW for 2 years.

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 5:37PM Haohmaru said

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GemStone III (now known as GemStone IV) was a text-based MUD that really took off on GEnie and then AOL; at the time, graphical MMORPGs were pretty much unheard of, besides games like SSI's original AD&D "Goldbox" style Neverwinter Nights.

I played that game from 1993 to around 2009. Sixteen years of text-based goodness. Even today, there are things I feel graphical MMO's could learn from GSIV.

Interesting bit of trivia: GemStone's parent company, Simutronics, would go on to develop Hero Engine, which should ring a bell for everyone following The Old Republic.

Posted: Oct 1st 2011 8:45PM Gunballs said

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MERIDIAN 59 FOR 16 YEARS, OFF AND ON.

The screenshot featured in this thread is from Meridian 59. I am sad to see no recognition given to it. Tsk tsk.

Still around, now free.

www.meridian59.com

Posted: Oct 2nd 2011 2:29AM Lumin said

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I played Maple Story (Global) since launch (Q2 2005), nonstop all the way up until around the time 4th job advancements came out (Q1 2008) - that's just short of 3 years. Since quitting, I have not touched the game.

I have been playing Guild Wars since Feb 2007. I have taken multiple breaks to try out other games, but inevitably return to GW when there is no other game occupying my attention. The lack of gear progression in GW has helped contribute greatly to its longevity. I am still playing to this very day (it is my current main game while I wait for GW2.) The total is nearing 4.5 years.

I played WoW nonstop for exactly 1 year (April 2008 - April 2009), participating actively in progression raiding. I quit after becoming disenchanted over guild drama and "more of the same" encounters.

I played Aion during the summer betas, and from release (Sept 22, 2009) up until the server merges (July 2010). I returned for patch 2.0 (Sept 2010) and quit a month after patch 2.5 (June 2011), again experiencing guild drama and difficulty in finding a static group for high end instances. This totals to about 1.5 years of being subscribed.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2011 12:11PM (Unverified) said

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Been with World of Warcraft since a bit before Burning Crusade came out. Had a bit of a gap though in that time, as I just got burned out a bit.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2011 7:42PM Bradlygray said

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Runescape for a little under 5 years
SWCombine for 5.5 years with a 1 year break in there.

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