The first MMO I ever played was Final Fantasy XI, and I cannot get back the experience of installing it for the first time with my college roommate. I had bought us both copies of the game, and we were both sitting in our dorm room installing and eating gummi bears and joking throughout the early experience. He’s still a good guy by all accounts, we didn’t part on bad terms or anything, but we’re not in our early 20s any longer and the world has moved on. I don’t even know if he ever gave Final Fantasy XIV a shot or not; that wasn’t a thing for us.
Obviously, this hasn’t stopped me from going back and enjoying FFXI again; it’s just an element of the game that I can’t recapture, something important and very much tied in with my experience but also separate from the game. So what’s the most important element of your older MMO experiences you can’t recapture? Where have things changed in terms of your personal life or free time that mean things are different now in a tangible way?