Earlier this month, an MOP reader tweeted about trying Dark Age of Camelot for the first time in 2023 and falling in love, which is impressive as heck to me, as DAOC basically came out a month after 9/11 and truly was one of the first big western MMOs – and it’s still alive!
It shouldn’t surprise me, either, that new generations are still finding old MMOs. When City of Heroes’ emulator community went public in 2019, I embedded myself in it for reporting and found that most of the older players who actually remembered the first run of the game were content to just… quietly play. Over and over, I found that the bulk of the people running the servers, creating new content, and yes generating the drama were much younger, many of them too young to have played the game in its first run.
And frankly, I love it – it smashes the myth that MMORPGs, especially older ones, can’t appeal to younger crowds.
What’s the oldest MMO you tried super late in its lifetime? How did it hold up – did it stick with you?