When Ultima Online launched, the idea of having a computer capable of running it was a pipe dream for me, much less also having internet in my home and paying for a monthly subscription. Even when I had a more powerful computer once I headed off to college three years later, I still didn’t have a home internet connection and didn’t really want to drop money on a monthly subscription. It wasn’t until I was 20 that I finally actually bought into MMOs at all, mostly because my girlfriend at the time convinced me to buy Final Fantasy XI.
Of course, my story is not necessarily typical; I’m willing to bet very few of our readers were dating my girlfriend at the time. But it may be a typical sort of story. Perhaps MMOs just skew older for players getting into the games with a regular fee; perhaps it’s just coincidence and the difficulty of getting a stable connection in the nascent days of the genre. So how old were you when you first got into MMOs?