With the announcement that SOE has just released progression servers on EverQuest, it got me thinking about my glory days playing MMOs. I guess I technically started back with The Sierra Network’s The Shadows of Yserbius (if you don’t count BBS roleplaying games like TradeWars 2002 or Legend of the Red Dragon), and grew from there into AOL’s Neverwinter Nights. It wasn’t until Ultima Online, however, that I got a real sense of the “Massive” behind MMORPG (the term was technically coined at that point by UO’s creator and, looking back, UO is probably the first to give you that feeling). I played Ultima Online until Everquest came out, and spent majority of my gaming in college on EQ. So obviously, it holds a special place in my heart. Hearing about the old-school coming back to EQ made me wonder:
What is your favorite MMORPG, and why?
Favorite doesn’t have to mean best. I was really tempted to say Ultima Online here, because it was a game changer for me in what I expected out of my online experience, but I just think back to exploring Norrath, meeting people, dying, killing, dying some more, trains.. ah.. how can you forget the trains? Anyway, EverQuest is, by far, my favorite MMO; one I wish I could go back to sometimes, but know that it would never be the same as those first few years, doing Karana runs, 45 minute boat rides, trying to creep along the walls in Unrest, sneaking through Neriak, getting lost in Toxxulia Forest. I clearly have some bottled up issues I need to address.. don’t mind me.
Bonus points for mentioning if you’re still playing the game, and if there’s anything out on the horizon that has you excited.
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