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It's almost 10 years exactly since I first found Lineage 1 and began my journey in the world of MMORPG's.
I recall having a large aversion to the idea of gaming with others, partly because the gaming rag I read (CGW) slammed all of them so badly and being "a bit" older than the average player I was hesitant to get involved with "children"
So I went to the store and picked up two trials, one for EQ1 and one for Lineage 1. I had a nonapproved video card (remember when MMO's would only work on specific video cards?) so EQ1 wouldn't work, so I fired up L1 and started on a 6 month stint there, moving over to DAOC once I had purchased a Mythic approved card.
There's a funny side story here, I played Lineage 1 for about a week, never communicating with anyone, and finally decided to break the barrier. Started talking with a female elf on the starter island, was going pretty well until she said, how old are you? I kept silent and she said, "I'm 12 and looking for some new friends" Quickly logged off and didn't come back until I was sure the coast was clear.
Fortunately the next person I spoke to was a 35 yr old male as we were riding a 10 minute boat ride to the mainland and I found out that adults too played online games.
Now the thing is, once I got the bug, I found that although I had played single player games for over 15 years they no longer held any sway for me. Sure, I've tried a number of the big single player titles over the years and each time I last for a very short time, and spend almost all of my time playing MMORPG's.
I read with curiosity the folks on these forums who seem to play every new single player title out there, including console games and figure they either spend 16 hrs a day gaming or they spend a much smaller portion of their total playing time in MMORPG's.
So today's poll is whether or not you are a MMORPG purist (i.e. devote more than 75% of your total playing time to MMORPG's) or a tourist (are more diverse in your gaming tastes and spread it around quite a bit)
Just something I've been wondering about lately. (if I'm the only person who confines most of his interest in MMO's) For the purpose of this poll include all online games in your totals including MOBA's, MMOFPS, VWRPG's, MMOARPG's and whatever gets grouped under the flag of MMORPGs. (but no sports games please, not ready to throw them in the genre, yet)
BTW, the categories are entirely my own fabrication, have no scientific basis and should not be taken as insults in anyway.
In my day MMORPG's were so hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow, uphill both ways.
I don't play games, I inhabit virtual worlds™
Still currently "subscribed" to EVE, and only EVE!!!
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