The Daily Grind: What was the last MMORPG you played out of pure nostalgia?

    
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Yesterday, Rock Paper Shotgun penned a piece on video game nostalgia. Editor Brian Caldwell interviewed a pile of game devs about why specifically they’re chasing nostalgia in their games. Among the stand-out reasons? They want to make a “genre new again,” expand what made original games great, cater to aging and maturing audience, catch childhood memories, or even just provide a modern version of a game that people loved but doesn’t hold up all that well over time.

I love talking about nostalgia, so I’m guilty of bringing it back up a lot. But I think it’s something the MMORPG genre must face, both because so many indie games are built on it and because we’re not getting gobs of new games to compete with the ones that are aging. I’m personally actively playing two older MMOs that many might attribute to nostalgia, but I wouldn’t – I don’t think people keep doing things from nostalgia. I think they’ll go and have a look-see out of nostalgia, however. It’s why WoW Classic is almost tempting to me, even though I don’t think I’ll actually enjoy it in 2019. I’m sure a lot of people will check it out because of nostalgia, but I think the people who stay on will be doing so out of genuine enjoyment.

What was the last MMORPG you played out of pure nostalgia?

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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Akagi

Perfect World, Forsaken World, Talisman Online, Metin 2 and Vanilla WoW.

Metin 2 is an outdated and bad grinder MMO, but when I played it it left fond memories in my mind. But when I played it, I realized how old and shallow it is, I could not last longer than 10 minutes.

Talisman Online is the same as Metin 2 for me, great memories, but I just can’t stand it anymore. Also they changed the game so much I barely recognize it.

Forsaken World is also changed beyond recognition and the only Classic P-server has XP rates so high you can’t enjoy the game at all.

Perfect World is also changed beyond recognition and even though there are private servers with low XP rates, I also realize I can’t stand this game anymore.

Vanilla WoW is something I’ve played for thousands of hours on P-servers, but now I can’t play it, because I’m afraid it will spoil my hype for WoW Classic on August 27th.

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Tithian

People have nostalgia for MMOs for the exact same reason they have nostalgia over older music, films, TV shows and other forms of entertainment. Simply put, the new offerings lack in creativity, quality and artistic vision.

Games are simply following the trend started by the music and film industry, with most AAA companies offering shallow money grabbing ‘consumer products’, meant to be thrown away after 3 months. So no thanks, I’ll go back to older media that I know I enjoy and have a lasting appeal.

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Akagi

You can play your old MMOs on P-servers, but unlike TV shows or movies, most of those MMOs age very badly. I’ve tried many old MMOs which I played as a kid and now I realize I can’t stand them at all.

As for movies or TV shows, I can rewatch them again and again, they just age well.

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angrakhan

Not an MMO but I fired up Ultima 3: Exodus a while back out of pure nostalgia. That was my GAME when I was growing up. This also tells me how OLD I am, but back in the day this game consumed a ton of my time. I loved it. I was amazed and how hardcore that game was. I’m amazed I won that game, and this back before the days of internet and google where you could just hit up a forum and find the solution to something. You had to WANT to win that game. It was quite merciless.

Anyhow it also looks like utter ass. Haha. My rose colored nostalgia glasses were ripped right off my face. Oh how I’ve grown soft with my fancy 3d card and 2k montior. 320×200 resolution! Woot!

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quark1020

Annoyingly, most of the older games that I enjoyed have shut down, so there is little I can go back to out of nostalgia. Only one I’ve done recently is city of heroes, thanks to its rogue servers. I suppose I could do the same for the rest, namely SWG, but emulators is not something I take lightly.

As for more legal games, I do hit up Ragnarok Online from time to time. Its just very few people are doing the leveling game anymore, and I rarely find people my level to play with. When I go back, I try to bring in my family to play, but they both like playing rogues and I get stuck being the healer…

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nobleeinherjar

I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but lately I’ve been wanting to see what EQ1 is like these days. Like FFXI, I never got very far in EQ1 during its heyday. I’d like to see more of what that game offers.

Edit: Oh, the nostalgia comes in because one of the reasons I’ve been thinking about EQ1 is because I’ve been having nostalgic thoughts about MMOs and how, “they don’t make’em like they use ta.”

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NeoWolf

I get World of Warcraft nostalgia every few years and re-sub for a few months to get it out of my system..but beyond that. Nothing.

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Castagere Shaikura

Right now EQ2 because of all the hot bars of skills.

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Anstalt

I guess SWGEmu

Whilst I feel nostalgia for older games and the fun I had at that time, in the MMO world it is generally impossible to experience that same feeling because the games have been changed so much. For example, if I could go back and play LotRO, anytime between launch and Moria, I would do – it was still packed full of group content, the combat mechanics were deeper than any other MMO and the community was amazing. But that game no longer exists, I literally cannot play that again.

SWGEmu is slightly different and so I’ve tried it a number of times. The game is still great (the bits that are working) and so I enjoyed it, but the community is too small and so it still can’t hit the right feeling I had back in the day.

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kjempff

I don’t play mmos for nostalgia, at least the nostalgia part is a minor factor. Nostalgia in this context is a dismissal term used by people who can’t see the qualities of older mmos. Sometimes new is better, sometimes it is not .. quality is not determined by age, but by .. quality.

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ghostlight

Alas, yes. I returned to SWTOR and Secret World for that very reason, and in fact have been alternating between the two each month. Also, I’m starting to feel some nostalgia pangs for Star Trek Online, and against my better judgement am seriously considering revisiting it. Of course since there’s no sub with STO I can come and go as I please totally guilt-free.