It was the late aughts. My husband and I had scraped together money to fly to London for a meet-up with our Europe-based guildies. I remember we walked through Chinatown one night and stopped at a teahouse. Eight or so of us sat around this big round table eating and drinking tea. I even remember what sweater I had on. And we chatted about our hopes and dreams for… wait for it… Star Wars: The Old Republic.
See, we were a very old guild even then, but a lot of our bonding had happened during Star Wars Galaxies, far from our first game together but definitely one of the best. Star Wars is one of the things that drew us together, and the excitement that BioWare (!) was making a new (!!) Star Wars (!!!) MMORPG (!!!!) was just something we were bubbling over about.
I won’t say I never get excited like that over MMOs anymore, but it’s rare – mostly, I am just filled with anxiety over them. How about you – do you still get excited about upcoming MMORPGs?