The Daily Grind: What was your first ‘wow’ moment in an MMO?

Your first MMO tends to stick in your mind in a certain way. The first time you realize that you’re in a game with other people, or you get a sense of the sheer scope of what that means. It happened early for me, pretty soon after I started playing Final Fantasy XI, but I still sometimes have moments in my preferred games where I’m all like “wow, these games are pretty great.” It’s a nice feeling when it happens.

Of course, today’s question isn’t how often those hit you, it’s when your first did. Was it your first dungeon in World of Warcraft? Your first surprising story moment in Final Fantasy XIV? Your first PvP killing in EVE Online? Heck, maybe even just your first moments of grouping with another player in Blade & Soul. Share your stories with us today about the first moment when you were playing an MMO and found yourself just… amazed.

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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taradyne

“The first time you realize that you’re in a game with other people…”
This. The realization that everyone else I could see had another player like me behind the wheel. It was an amazing moment, in vanilla WoW.

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mike foster

I remember when I first played WoW and I spend a couple of hours in the starting zone just thinking it was HUGE. And then I realized the map zoomed out to show like, a whole zone. And then a whole continent. And then…TWO continents.

At the time I was just stunned the world was that big.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Playing WoW for the first time and realizing all those characters running around are real people just like me and I can interact with them.

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Brown Jenkin

I feel like a massive hipster saying this but for me it definitely began in text based MMO/MUDs like Gemstone III. I remember heading into one of the starter zones and fighting some mobs alongside a bunch of other players and just being amazed that I could share this entertaining little game with folks from around the country/world (hard to say it was on AOL at the time). They did a world event once that I remember being just mindblowing for the ability to get unique rewards and all that, standard MMO stuff these days… though there was open world PvP and permadeath haha so I guess not.

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Adam

My first WoW toon, Undead Warlock, walking towards brill and see Gordo headed down the path and I booked the other way not knowing he was a quest giver.

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Nick Smith

First wow moment was in original EverQuest.

I made a dark elf necromancer and logged into the underground dark elf city. It took me an hour to finally find my way out to the surface. The whole time I was amazed at seeing other real people running around asking how to get out. We grouped up to kill mobs around the log outside the city. I was hooked. Been playing MMOs ever since. :)

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dixa

it was in the first everquest.

played muds throughout the 90’s. dabbled in meridian 59 but internet was still by the hour so did not dabble for long. did not care for the top down view in ultima.

avoided everquest for most of the first year because i played on the mud it was based on and saw no reason to pay for the same content but on a bored weekend when i was out of work sick i bought it and tried it. the newbie area outside of qeynos was…ok.

but the first time i ventured out of that newbie area and saw a wizard spire…and the bgm for it began to play i was in awe. it was so massive, and i felt for the first time immersed.

that was my first wow moment.

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rafael12104

Ultima Online, shortly after it had launched, circa 1997.

It wasn’t a huge action-packed moment. It wasn’t a conquering hero moment or the completion of a group task. Nope. It was much simpler than that.

I connected with my 28.8 bps modem into a new world.

It was the first time I had ever done that. I had connected with other players to play Doom, Warcraft, and other games. I had played muds on the school’s “internet workstations” which were fun but text adventures.

But when I logged into UO for that first time and other friends had logged in as well, I was in that world. I noticed it immediately. Nothing was the same after that.

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Rikti Invasion, City of Heroes. I was a few days into my free trial, running around Kings Row on my level 8 scrapper, when the sirens went off and the sky turned green. I looked up at the alien spaceship flying overhead, and then a Rikti warrior teleported in and attacked.

I had NO idea what was happening, and it was awesome. The fight with that Rikti (yes, ONE Rikti) was the longest, most exciting battle I had experienced, and the sheer unexpectedness of it all – from street thugs to alien invaders in an instant – amazed me.

It was one of the main things I remembered from those first few days in CoH, and that drew me back a few weeks later and convinced me to do something I thought I’d never do – subscribe to an MMO. That moment made me a fan of City of Heroes, and City of Heroes made me an MMO player.