The Daily Grind: How old were you when you got into MMOs?

Hearing your wonderous stories.

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?

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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