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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 11:27AM MrsAngelD said

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The hubby and I didn't play WOW until last year because before that we were playing Guild Wars all the time :)

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 11:46AM (Unverified) said

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Its a tie between ultima online and Aladon MUD

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 11:47AM Leandra said

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I just downloaded EVE Online a few days ago. I don't think it's my thing, but I wanted to give it a try and see what it was like.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 12:14PM Lumin said

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It generally depends on when I first become aware of the game. If I know and am interested about a game pre-release, I will play it as soon as beta/launch. If I'm not interested, the chances that I'll decide to check it out at a later date are pretty low.

Of games I didn't start playing at release, I only have a few examples from my earlier days of MMO gaming when I was largely ignorant of what games there _were_. Both Guild Wars and WoW predated the time that I really started going online a lot, and I didn't play those games until 2.5 and 4 years after release respectively.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 1:08PM stamps79 said

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UO 3months ( also my first MMO ), FFXI 4 yrs, EVE Online 6 yrs, EQ2 5 yrs, WOW 7months, LOTRO beta, then again 2 yrs later, AOC 4months, AION beta only, STO beta only, WAR beta and tried forget it ever since ( the pain ). SWTOR since beta and still playing it. Many more MMO's , but I think that's enough.

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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 2:17PM (Unverified) said

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I didn't try Star Wars Galaxies until about a year before it was canceled. I love Star Wars, but I know that most SW Fanboys are rabid, will eat things up, and if anything gets changed, they revolt violently and spoil things for everyone else, plus they tend to hold grudges for a long time.

Luckily, most of these folks left the game and were whining on forums by the time I played it, and it was a fun 4 months.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 2:32PM (Unverified) said

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EverQuest must have been out 7 years before I tried it.

Next, EVE, would have been 5 years or more, although I can't remember exactly when I first tried it.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 2:39PM Daeths said

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Ages, still havent played EQ or DAoC. Plus i cant get Lineage 2 to load. I want to try it, but it wont let me.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 3:25PM Kentung said

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I tried out Age of Conan and Vanguard late 2010/early 2011 via cheap copies of the original releases. Played them for a couple of months. Liked them both, but I will only subscribe to one MMO at a time.

With ftp picking up, it becomes more of a time issue.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 7:59PM Skyydragonn said

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Aion, I think I looked at the homepage once and haven't been back since.

Posted: Jan 19th 2012 9:26AM BaronYiffington said

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I tried LotRO and EVE a little over a year ago. So that's three years for LotRO and I don't know how long for EVE, but I think longer than three years.

If it counts, I bought an EQ2 account four years ago but didn't play it for longer than two or three days until this week - so seven years.

Posted: Jan 19th 2012 12:58PM Jeromai said

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Probably Eve Online at 8 years, just tried it last December. (Well, there was an aborted try 2-3 years back, but I don't think it counts. Wasn't in the right mindset, the ship went zap *pause* zap *pause*, I yawned and quit thinking the combat was boring.)

Always liked the graphics, vaguely intrigued by the player-created stories and sagas, turned away by the UI, learning curve and the encouraged unforgiving harsh PvP-with-consequences playstyle. Final shove to give it a go, the recent rooks versus kings video that finally crystallized for me the appeal of Eve as a more long-form multiple ships strategic (as opposed to tactical dogfighting action) kind of deal.

A number of Rock, Paper, Shotgun articles I was idly reading about the longform emotion and long-form multiplayer strategy games also contributed to the building appreciation of something I don't naturally cleave towards. Got distracted by another long term sandbox before the trial ended though, so again poor Eve waits for another day.

Everquest 2 and Final Fantasy XI are probably contenders at ~5-7 years past their prime. Just boredom a few years ago that led me to decide to check them out, worth the look-see, but they both looked like colossal time investment games with dwindling populations (F2P EQ2 was not out yet) and I didn't stay.

If I ever get around to trying Lineage 2 or Runescape, then they would top the list. Someday...

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