The Daily Grind: When did you start playing MMOs?

    
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Fun is sometimes relative.

This is a fun and simple question that is also remarkably complex to answer, because there are so many different ways to answer it. When did I start playing MMOs? Well, on the one hand I started when I was in college, back in 2003. It would also be fair to say that I started in the earlier generation of MMOs, since I was playing Final Fantasy XI before it was cool (the joke is that it was never cool). Similarly, it’d be accurate to say that I started playing when I was 20.

I could also claim that I started playing in the pre-World of Warcraft era, or before free-to-play dominated the market, or back when “MMO” was synonymous with “MMORPG,” or using a number of different metrics depending on the conversation at hand and the point being made. So it’s a question with a straightforward answer, but also with a remarkably complex one. What about you, readers? When did you start playing 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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Armsman

Played a couple MUDs and a few multiplayer (Mutants, Arena, TradeWars 2002) BBS games circa 1994 – but went full MMO with EQ in 1999.

Yes, I’m old.

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Melissa

Twenty years ago. EverQuest. Wow, I feel old now.

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rafael12104

Oh my. Ok. If I’m being honest, it was circa 1990. I played the original MUD and TinyMud. It was the first time I interacted with a large community online as we played a game.

Of course, I didn’t think of them as MMOs then. They were more like a multiplayer text adventure like Zork. Heh.

Ultima Online was the first game I considered to be an MMO.

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WayTooLateTV

Ragnarok Online, and I still have a screenshot of opening my first store as a merchant, right outside the sewer entrance!

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Ravven

Vanilla WoW. Not immediately after launch, but a few months later if memory serves. I’ve been passionately in love with MMOs ever since. That original character is still my main whenever I resub to Warcraft. :)

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Phoenix Emberson

Neopets

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Mia DeSanzo

1997. Ultima Online. I was already an adult with kids. I am assuming we aren’t counting BBS door games, which would push it back to the early 90s.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I played russian MUD Aladon in 90s. But it wasnt for long.
In autumn 2004 I got WoW closed beta invite and that was my first personal experience with real MMOs.

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Nephele

Technically, my first MMO was Shadowdale MUD, from 1995-1998 or so :)
But my first graphical game (or attempt at one) was Meridian 59 (which nearly killed my computer at the time), followed by Ultima Online (not for very long). The first graphical game I really did justice to was EverQuest from the time it launched until around 2004.

There’s been plenty other games during and since :)

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Bullwraith

Let’s see… Lineage in 2002, Shadowbane at launch in 2003, then WoW at launch in 2004. Since then several of the better known titles like EVE, Warhammer, Rift, SWTOR and STO. Currently engaged with FFXIV and waiting to jump into WoW Classic when it launches.

My first multiplayer experience was with Starweb, a multiplayer play-by-mail game by Flying Buffalo and soon after that my Navy buddies and I discovered DnD in the early 80’s. Fun times.