The Daily Grind: When was your ‘MMO birthday?’

    
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We often note birthdays and anniversaries for online games here on Massively OP, but today it’s not about the game — it’s about you! Today we want to know your MMO birthday, the day (or month or year) that you first stepped into an online world.

This is an easy one for me, because it was a day that went down in infamy: July 27th, 2001. That was the launch date for Anarchy Online, and I gave in to an impulse purchase and had picked up the box to try this online thing out. Of course, I couldn’t have picked a worse game and time for trying MMOs out for the first time because the launch was a total mess. I remember nothing more than a slide-show of standing around in the newbie area, seeing other players and mobs but not being able to do anything about either with a poor internet connection and the troubles that AO was having.

That was me. What about you? When was your MMO birthday, and how long ago was it?

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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mysecretid

The specific years are difficult for me to remember now, but:

My first online game was the original Jumpgate, but that was more a space-sim than an MMORPG. Was a fun experience, but I always found myself wanting more from the game world than space pew-pew et al.

My first MMORPG was Anarchy Online, played at some point after it launched. Some real-life friends and I had a blast in that one for quite a while.

The first MMORPG I fell head-over-heels in love with was City of Heroes. My friends and I played that intensely for years, and had great fun. I even wrote the first issue of a vanity-published comic book miniseries about the adventures of our super-team in Paragon City. A buddy who also played the game with me drew it up and colored it. We loved, loved, loved that game!

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MurderHobo

I bought EQ sometime in June or July of 2000. Kunark was in full swing and I was back in school with a lot of time on my hands and a brand new cable modem. By chance I wound up pulling the thorn out of a lion’s paw and found myself leveling with a group of alts from a competitive raid guild. By chance I fell in with a unicorn-group of hardcore casuals led by one of the first 50 players in the game — an adult core of compatriot service veterans and their families running local ISP businesses. I can honestly say those folks taught me more of value than the two years I spent on certifications.

Our guild leader made all loot calls. His judgment was superior to any DKP system, but it was up to us to call “Happy Birthday Karadin” if we were to get him to take loot that he needed.

Happy birthday, Karadin. Thank you, Noble Blades, and to Zaron, rest in peace and thank you for bringing 30 people to my aid for Ragefire at 3AM on a Monday morning, while in your deathbed with cancer, with none of us knowing. Best raid leader ever.

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Schmidt.Capela

I sincerely don’t remember, because it was a long process; I was intrigued by the idea of MMOs, but at the same time the idea of paying a subscription didn’t really go well with me, leading to me spending a really long time observing the MMO market before making the jump. Not by coincidence, my actual first experience with an MMO was in a free Ragnarok Online private server

Ragnarok Online was also the first MMO I played on an official server, and again it was dictated by the monetization. While it was a subscription game, back then Ragnarok Online was one of the few subscription MMOs that didn’t double-dip; while you did pay a subscription, you only paid a subscription, with the client and the game expansions being free.

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CrzyHlfAzn

Do not remember the month, but it was EQ in 2000, few months later Kunark would release. Played with military buddies, which we all played TableTop AD&D and ShadowRun.

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donvweel

Guild Wars I beta. I bought the box at a game store. Had a blast playing it. Was playing lobby shooters like Battlefield Vietnam and Wolfenstein Enemy Territory up till then. Would have been sometime 2005?

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Castagere Shaikura

September of 2001. Anarchy Online just came out two months before and it was buggy as hell I didn’t even care. The whole idea was just too amazing to me. What’s funny about the launch is most people were trying to play it on Dial-up. I live in a city and had DSL. So I had smooth gameplay most of the time.

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Barnoc N'Draak

EQ, Thanksgiving weekend 1999.

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kjempff

Eq fall of 1999. I had tried some muds and UO before that, but the mmo thing never truly clicked till I found myself in Norrath.

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mpandu.nky

My MMO birthday was about a year or two after internet arrived at my country, which was mid 2000s.

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Mewmew

There were leaves falling off trees about the same time that I started to become interested in joining in with what my babysitter was doing on the computer. So I guess the fall season is my anniversary to MMORPG introduction.

That’s as far as I can narrow it down, I was pretty young and memories of that time aren’t sticking with me well anymore :D