The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG?

    
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Free Realms. Warhammer Online. WildStar. Asheron’s Call. We’ve lived through so these and so many other MMO shutdowns over the years, leaving behind screenshots, music, friendships, and memories.

It’s the latter that I wish to discuss today. Personally, I cherish those great memories from past MMOs, because they go a long way to making time in that game not a wasted investment. Remembering the hilarious fails of City of Heroes door missions or encountering General British in Tabula Rasa are part of the geeky tapestry of my online history.

What are some of your favorite memories from shuttered MMOs? What did you take away from these games that you will treasure for years to come until senility arrives?

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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Mewmew

There are some MMORPGs I caught the ends of and some I caught a bit of when I was a very young player (8, etc) that I don’t remember that much.

That isn’t always the case, I played Wildstar and remember it, I just don’t have any great memories of playing. I was all excited during character creation and the initial introduction to the game, and then the game world was a ghost town devoid of players. That wasn’t fun to me.

Hmm, oh there are mobile games I remember better, probably because mobile games get shuttered a lot more so I’ve experienced them a lot more often. And yet while I remember the games, I don’t really remember these huge singular moments that people are talking about. I don’t really have those single moments much. I more remember the games as a whole experience.

I have games I remember fondly as the entire thing but I don’t especially have stand out happy single moments. I have numerous stand out *bad* moments that I’ve experienced because of other people on the games that I’d rather not remember and talk about, however.

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Pandalulz

Asheron’s Call was kind of forgettable on the gameplay front, but it being my first MMO, and one I got drug into by real life friends, I have so many fond memories of the social aspects, our crazy ass monarch, who lived in Vegas, but was an immigrant, and all of us banding together to help him pass his citizenship test (where none of the actual Americans knew any of the answers, lol), amongst a zillion other funny social interactions. They only really stand out now because there wasn’t that type of experience anywhere else at the time. These days, I try my hardest to get away from social interaction, run from online relationships and the toxicity it seems to bring, but for a brief moment, it was novel and new and exciting.

Also, pretty much anything involving movement in Wildstar, I especially had a blast with the bouncy flowers and low-gravity on Farside. There was a fun, comical slapstick to it that I haven’t really even seen in many single-player games.

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oldandgrumpy

Having customers – SWG

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creationguru

For me real simple SWG and getting a lightsaber before it became super easy.

That and being a bounty hunter and hunting down jedi.

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Brazen Bondar

Not including TSW, which is technically not shuttered, my best memories are from GLITCH and a game I tested , that unfortunately never released, called SKYSAGA. I still remember when they announced GLITCH was closing. I was heartbroken and just couldn’t really speak for the day. I was getting all teary just thinking about it today. You can see a picture of my home street below and one of Hell Bar. I just loved that game. The quests were fun, you could do meditative stuff and the time I spent feeding the chickens and planting vegetables was so relaxing. It may sound silly, but GLITCH was the perfect answer to a stressful day. SKYSAGA was great fun also. It was there I learned my grandson had a black heart. He would build all kinds of deadly booby traps on his island and then invite me over…Of course, I would be instantly killed. That became a game in and of itself. Could I go visit him without dying? We had so much fun there. I’ve posted a picture of an overhead shot of my desert island’s build and a temple that was part of my winter island build. I hope enough indie companies can survive so that gamers will be able to experience adventures like the ones I had in these two games.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I tried the free trial of Star Wars Galaxies back in the day. I liked what I saw, but couldn’t afford the sub. It definitely felt like a was wandering around the Star Wars Galaxy.

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Karetyr

My favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG comes from Star Wars: Galaxies. My guild was gearing up for the release of player cities, and I was the Architect for the guild. We stockpiled all the resources we’d need to craft the all-important City Hall that would let us start a city.

Each planet at the time would only allow for 10 player cities, so we needed to make sure we built the City Hall as soon as possible. Our guild had made its home on Corellia, not far from Coronet City.

The time came, player cities were made live, and I started crafting the components necessary to build a City Hall. On the final assembly, I hit Assemble, and I saw the message I had dreaded – CRITICAL FAILURE. All of our resources were wasted. My blind ran cold.

However, I noticed that despite the critical failure, for some reason the Next button was still enabled. So I clicked it, hoping against hope. And sure enough, I got the deed for a City Hall!

We ended up being too late to place our city on Corellia, but we nailed an awesome location on Talus that would end up being our home until the guild dissolved.

That moment where everyone was counting on me, RNG kicked me in the head, and then a bug saved my bacon, will stay with me forever.

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NeoWolf

Entering City of Heroes character creator for the first time. I am a supers fan anyway but having come from wow and ultima online before that my experience of character customisation was that generally speaking there wasn’t much so my expectations weren’t great.. and then City of Heroes went “yeah..but look at this”… and all the options blew my mind :)

Amazing what can happen when a company occasionally chooses to break the mould rather than rinse and repeat.

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Castagere Shaikura

Too many to list. But I played up until the servers were shut off. The three games that hit me the most were
Earth & Beyond
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Free Realms

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Oleg Chebeneev

Most such memories are definetly from Nostalrius server. So many friends, rivals, events, BG battles among our twink community there. Been there at final moments of server shut down and it was epic.

Best memories are about our 10v10 twink premades. There were some intense and very close games. Here is video captured from one of those premades. Not by me, Im gnome flag carrier there: