The Daily Grind: Were you playing MMOs 16 years ago?

    
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This week, EverQuest is celebrating its 16th anniversary. That’s right: It was all the way back on March 16th, 1999, that the seminal title first came blinking into the world.

Like any birthday of a long-running MMO, it’s made me think about how much has happened between then and now. It’s also made me realize just how off my radar MMOs were in 1999. Back then, I was keen on The Matrix and just about ready to graduate college, but I had no regular internet connection in my apartment. So instead of being part of the old guard of MMO gamers, I was merely gaming on my PlayStation.

But that’s me; maybe you were different. Were you playing MMOs 16 years ago? Were you aware of them at the time? Were you even alive?

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Dandurin
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Dandurin

I was in the EQ beta so… yeah.

Battlenun
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Battlenun

LiveBarney YEAH !!  Asheron’s Call !!  AC1 was my first MMO and in spite of my love (and still playing) for WoW I miss this more than anything.  I played AC2 until WoW came out and even then still puttered around.   

I would easily drop WoW for an AC3 or even just a damn AC1 full graphic make-over.  Well, that and completely redoing the whole TAPER/Split pea controversy. 

Long live Asheron !! (that right bastard!)

LiveBarney
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LiveBarney

Oh dear, Now I feel really elderly. :( AC was the first MMO I got into but had been LAN partying with FPSs for many years before that. A more talented pal created a wonderful Quake 2 Deathmatch mod called the DeathTrap that was enormous fun. The exploding rocket pack was particularly frenetic! This was one of the reasons I really enjoyed the Tabula Rasa base protection raid thingy (forgotten what they called them), a ridiculously chaotic piley-on. Just brilliant, and missed hugely. :)

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Veldan Sorenthaz  Yeahhh… I got to level… 60ish? And got full Rune and all that stuff, but then they added a bazillion different armor sets and they all require super high skill levels and so on. It got really repetitive and tiring to me, especially because quests are kind of scattered about to where you’ll hit a point where grinding is necessary to continue doing quests.

Veldan
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Veldan

Sorenthaz Veldan I played for a bit recently, it’s still a nice game. I believe RuneScape 3, which is basically still RuneScape 2 but with evolved graphics and combat and such, even has a guiness world record of most updated videogame or something. That’s to illustrate how much stuff there is to do and find out about. 

I can’t really play it anymore though. At one point you realize that the entire game is grinding for the sake of seeing a number go up. You can meet the most grind-crazy people in that game. Like I talked to this guy who was fishing, and he said he wanted to reach a certain amount of fishing experience. I asked him how long that would take, and he told me probably a month more, and he had been at it for 2 months. That’s 3 months of standing in one spot clicking fishing bubbles for hours a day. That’s the kind of players who the game appeals to, appearently…

Feros
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Feros

Hell yeah!  Still have my cloth map from Ultima Online, and I sport my UO pin at work sometimes so I can get weird looks from people.

SirUrza
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SirUrza

Nope! I was in gaming clubs that used forums and irc chat to do battle in Xwing vs TIE Fighter and create custom story missions for TIE Fighter and XvT.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Veldan  I just remember playing it during its stupidly bad graphics era where most things were 2d cutouts and the rest was pseudo-3d.   Managed to get a Scythe drop in the Halloween 2003 event, and so whenever I hop back on my old account I just walk around with it and people ask how much I want for it, lol.  
Did play Runescape 2 for some time, but eventually got bored of the game and went to play other stuff.  And nowadays it’s hard to really get back into it unless I make a new character.

Volkai
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Volkai

I was not playing MMOs sixteen years ago, but I became aware of them in 1999 when the April ’99 issue of now-defunct magazine InQuest (then InQuest Gamer) published the six-page preview “Fantastic Voyage: Inside EverQuest, the next big online role-playing game”.

On the second to last page, it had a comparison of Everquest, Ultima, and Pong.

BriarGrey
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BriarGrey

I started playing a MUD in 1996 and was well aware of EQ and the like, but I didn’t want to move to graphical – text had so much more freedom for true RP and we had such a great community.  I pretty much stayed with the MUD as my gaming hobby until around 2009 or so when I finally decided to try that WoW game my husband was playing.  ;)