The Daily Grind: Which MMO are you most nostalgic for?

So here's the deal.

I’ll admit it, I’m an absolute fool for nostalgia. Things that I loved in the past can still bring a warm glow to my bosom even today, and that includes MMORPGs. There are several titles that take up honored places in my memory, with some sparking that nostalgic rush whenever I think upon them.

WildStar definitely is one of these. I loved just about everything from that game, especially its design and feel, and it’s still painful to think that Nexus is gone for good. Another departed soldier that I hold nostalgia for is Fallen Earth, which was one of the coolest virtual worlds I ever explored. But I’m also nostalgic for early days in MMOs that are still around, such as City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, just because everything back then had that new car smell about it.

What about you? Which MMO makes you the most nostalgic — and why?

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Franklin Adams

Star Trek Online prior to last April when they killed off the Foundry.

The Foundry was about the only place you could do Science related missions, or Diplomatic missions or just about anything else that isn’t a braindead reskinned STF/TFO with a story of kill Alien X for reason Y in Timeline Z.

Yeah there were plenty of crappy looter missions, but there were also things like Purity, Omnitabula, SSF, Trident, a Star Trek version of the Hunt for Red October, a series that starts out with no combat whatsoever that turns into about the biggest battle in the game, a mission where you have to notify a deceased person’s next of kin at the end, an LGBT friendly mission about a man and his husband trying to have a child when the Embryo gets stolen, a Star Trek version of Thunderball, a classic Star Trek style allegory/morality play about photonics’ rights, and many many more.

I used to spend a lot of money on that game, I stayed engaged and played nearly every day for 9 years most of which was spent on playing UGC. Since last year I’ve spent no money whatsoever nor have I played more than maybe two hours altogether just for the extremely underwhelming 10th Anniversary missions and ship.

I miss the Foundry the most out of probably any game I’ve ever played whether MMO or local, and it’s a shame that Cryptic and PWE didn’t give a shit about it after Zero left.

Oh well, PWE’s loss has been ZOS and BioWare’s gain, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’d still rather be experiencing what the community created on STO instead.

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The Secret World was far better in its original iteration and I miss it. I found the chances made to bring SWL into being to be largely unnecessary, although I did enjoy the fact that SWL is slightly more forgiving of mistakes in combat.

One game I do really miss that is covered here though not really an MMO is Atlas Reactor. That was a very fun game – though I never excelled at it – I did love it a lot!


Warhammer: Age of Reckoning

I am aware of (and play on) the private server, however, I really miss playing with my friends back at launch. I’m still waiting on the release of a worthy successor for some RvR action.


Tabula Rasa is the one that I always say that I miss. And there was a Marvel Heroes one that I miss.

Fenrir Wolf

Champions Online’s beta period and Free Realms, pretty much. I’ve gone over why with Champs recently so… FR was a very relaxed game that had a lot of unusual content for an MMO. I enjoyed the foot races and silly things like that. I feel like GW2 has picked up at least some of that slack though, a lot of the events and content since Path of Fire have been very FR-y in nature.

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The Secret World.

After that, WoW from 2004 – 2010, but I think that’s just because I had tons of free time as a childless young adult then and a good guild and such. I’m not sure it was a better game.


Why you gotta keep hurting me with Wildstar, of course i miss it.

Thompson Clayton Radcliff

All of them. EQ, EQ2 and LOTRO. I have played others but those 3 were the primaries. EQ was the first. Running around in a 3D world was a first. Just an amazing time. But it was Sparta…people could cheat you, train you, kill you, troll you. You spent all day just watching an exp bar inch forward. EQ2 was so much fun at the start. Exploring around and outside of Qeynos and seeing the old names in new places was amazing. Loved the crafting. The housing was an absolute delight. But then LOTRO came. LOTRO…running around in a 3D world that was Middle Earth was what I always wanted. It didn’t disappoint…not for a long time anyway. Exploring Eriador and then Moria was amazing fun. The game fell on hard times after that. They struggled to make the Moors work, the community leader was out of his element, the story took an odd turn away from the Fellowship and then they completely reshaped the classes and toolbars and I left. Returned a few times to look around but it no longer held me in thrall as it once did. I miss those early days of exploring and the sense of wonder and excitement, wondering what was over the next hill…

Malcolm Swoboda

Classic RIFT. Wishing I had the best PC for Secret World early on.


Rubies of Eventide, it had the best community and players of all the mmo’s if ever played.