Last month on /r/mmorpg, there was a thread about finding MMOs that will make you feel like a kid again. You can probably guess the kind of discussion that followed: There was a lot of the usual chatter about how you can never really go back again, that what you’re looking for is a time not a place, that the magic is gone and can’t ever be recaptured, and so on.
I used to buy a lot of those ideas; I was a kid when I started playing MMOs, and recapturing those exact first months in Ultima Online so long ago is pretty damn impossible. On the other hand, I’m constantly surprised at just how close I can get to replicating the feelings. I definitely did for Super Hero Squad Online; even at the time, I thought it resembled a toy more than the loot grinders MMOs were fast becoming. And every time I hang out with my kids inside Trove or Guild Wars 2 and watch them muck around, unconcerned with chat trolling and stats and guild drama? Yeah, it’s seeing the game with fresh eyes.
Do you think it’s possible for an MMO to make you feel like a kid again, to get back the feeling of when you first started playing MMOs? Have you ever done it, and if so, how?