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How old were you when you played your first MMORPG?

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  • KyarraKyarra manchester, CTPosts: 671Member Uncommon

    I am in the 26+ category , first mmo I ever played was Phantasy Star Online for the Dreamcast, then went onto Dark Age of Camelot on the PC (tried EQ1 but never liked it)

  • cukimungacukimunga Dacono, COPosts: 2,259Member

    EQ when I was 17. Never really played any sandbox games until later on but now thats all I want to play. Themeparks bore me now but there really aren't many sandbox games that are populated. 

  • MithrandolirMithrandolir The Deep Woods, NJPosts: 1,698Member Uncommon

    my first mmorpg was M59 in 1996 I think it was... so 25 yrs old.

    I had been playing MUD's for years prior to that though...

     

  • worldspin85worldspin85 Bayville, NYPosts: 187Member

    EQ was my first mmo also i was around 15 i forget when eq came out i played launch. Any as for sandbox games have u tried the free trial of Darkall? its an amazing game, hade the same fun as i did with EQ

  • meleemadnessmeleemadness Miami, FLPosts: 592Member

    EQ was my first and I was 37, I think.  I did play Wizardy on an Apple II+ back in the 80's and then late 80's played Baldur's Gate but they were RPGs.  EQ wsa my first MMO and was recommended to my by guys 10 years younger than me, where I worked.  I went to get AC2 instead but it didn't work so i went back for EQ and was floored!!!   The planes of power were just out when I started, 2003ish.

    In the end I left EQ as I was tired of loggin on just to stand around LFG.....I left for SWG a month after it released. 

  • RyukanRyukan Mason, MIPosts: 706Member Uncommon

    Evrequest was the first MMO I played, back when it was in beta so I would have been around 24 years old. But the first MMO I got hooked on was Asheron's Call which really started my prolonged love affairs with MMO's and got me used to playing a game for years hehe.

  • Cephus404Cephus404 Redlands, CAPosts: 3,675Member

    Originally posted by VirusDancer

    People are more likely to have a family at 26+... so all in all, it is a decent cut off point.

    So what?  Lots of people who have families play.  MMOs didn't even exist until I was in my 30s, before that it was text-based MUDs.

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  • EnerzealEnerzeal WarringtonPosts: 326Member

    Dransik, which would become Ashen Empires. At the time it was a clone of UO really.

    Such a good game! Was 12 years old, the year was 1999 I believe.

  • dnarrisdnarris Jonesboro, ARPosts: 267Member

    Well, I don't even think the first MMO came out until I was 18 or 20, so I think the first one I played was around there.

    Final Fantasy XI was the first MMO I played then I got into City of Heroes after that then into World of Warcraft. I've played a ton of different MMOs since then.

    Currently, I'm playing Final Fantasy XIV, but I'm waiting for something else that catches my eye to come out.

  • dnarrisdnarris Jonesboro, ARPosts: 267Member

    Originally posted by Cephus404

    Originally posted by VirusDancer

    People are more likely to have a family at 26+... so all in all, it is a decent cut off point.

    So what?  Lots of people who have families play.  MMOs didn't even exist until I was in my 30s, before that it was text-based MUDs.

     I've played a ton of different MUDs. Achaea, Dragon's gate, Gemstone III, Dragonrealms, Ardwolf, and a bunch of others. Some of those are actually still really popular and some even still draw a good number of subscriptions.

  • SuperXero89SuperXero89 Amory, MSPosts: 2,544Member Uncommon

    I'm not really sure I consider Everquest a themepark (or a sandbox), but I played that when I was thirteen.

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,918Member Uncommon

    Stops at 26?  When I was 26 the 286 was considered blazingly fast and games were still in 16 colors.

     

    Back then MMO was 5 guys w/cigs and Mountain Dew playing DnD on paper.


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  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member

    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    Time to reflect on things for a second. Quick poll to find out what this group is made up of. Also no need to post what game it was as I'm just curious about the raw numbers.

    An interesting question you have in your thread title. As others already stated the poll sadly isn't the best one to answer the question however.

    I'd recommend you make a new thread with a new poll and let people answer at what age they played their first MMORPG. Better remove the themepark/sandbox thing altogether because 5 years ago (pre WoW) that dichotomy didn't even exist.

    Make the age categories something like this:

    under 15

    15 - 19

    20 - 24

    25 - 29

    30 - 39

    above 40

    You might get surprised that there are significant numbers of older gamers, something the industry seems to forget too.

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  • sentry13sentry13 st charles, MOPosts: 115Member

    Originally posted by Larsa

    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    Time to reflect on things for a second. Quick poll to find out what this group is made up of. Also no need to post what game it was as I'm just curious about the raw numbers.

    An interesting question you have in your thread title. As others already stated the poll sadly isn't the best one to answer the question however.

    I'd recommend you make a new thread with a new poll and let people answer at what age they played their first MMORPG. Better remove the themepark/sandbox thing altogether because 5 years ago (pre WoW) that dichotomy didn't even exist.

     

    You might get surprised that there are significant numbers of older gamers, something the industry seems to forget too.

     

     

    Yeah, I was already almost 30 when I played my first mmo.  I think we need more age options in the poll.

  • VirusDancerVirusDancer Brandon, FLPosts: 3,649Member

    Originally posted by Cephus404

    Originally posted by VirusDancer



    People are more likely to have a family at 26+... so all in all, it is a decent cut off point.

    So what?  Lots of people who have families play.  MMOs didn't even exist until I was in my 30s, before that it was text-based MUDs.

    It was explained.  What was explained is simple enough.  That's what.  Thanks.

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  • NeikenNeiken Las Vegas, NVPosts: 254Member

    I was 17. I had been playing Rocket Arena 3 and D2 for a while. I saw someone talk about Ragnarok Online and explain to other members of Railbait.com forums.  Explained what it was and what a MMORPG was. He said it was kinda like D2 so i had to try it.

    I tried it out and was hooked! It was in beta 1 at the time. I played it for years. Still play every once in awhile. For nostalgia purposes.

    Ive tried just about everything on the market today, and game that arent anymore. I loved my first MMO. WIsh i could capture that feeling i had with my first again!!!

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  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon

    Interesting. It seems like 14 to 17 is the sweet spot for most mmo gamers so far. And most of them seem to liken their draw to mmos from the lull of a sandbox mmo at that.

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  • Ramones274Ramones274 Spanaway, WAPosts: 366Member

    Everquest - 12 - the year was 2000.

     

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  • BenediktBenedikt PraguePosts: 1,406Member Uncommon

    well, i think i started when i was 18 or 19 (at least i think it was in 1. yr of the college) with muds, that was 1995. i tried few mmorpgs when they were free (UO on unoficial shard etc.), but for couple of years muds were much more my thing. if i remeber correctly, first mmorpg i really played (by which i mean i paid for it :) and played it for longer time) were i think horizons (istaria) in 2003/4

  • JimmydeanJimmydean Ypsilanti, MIPosts: 1,270Member

    Started way back when, at age 12 with EQ. Now I'm 22, finished 4 years of college and working my way through Police Academy. I'd still play EQ if I had the time. Unfortunately I don't, so I play WoW. It's the only game I can still dominate while only having like 3 hours / week to play lol.

     

    Once I finish Police Academy and get hired, you better believe I'll be playing EQ again. Unless Rift turns out to be the real EQ successor. Not holding my breath though.

  • SordalSordal Seattle, WAPosts: 23Member

    UO when I was 6, My dad and his friends were making a private shard and I was aloud to run around testing things, dont know if it counts because at most there was maybe 30 people on the shard but it was the first mmo i played.

  • BenthonBenthon Cedar Rapids, IAPosts: 2,069Member

    10, Everquest in June 1999.

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  • SgtFrogSgtFrog LondonPosts: 5,001Member

    Lineage back when I was 13, 2002!


    Actually WoW was the reason I decided to try out the game, I had heard about it and the concept of the MMORPG had interested me..

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  • rozenblade1rozenblade1 Stockton, CAPosts: 501Member

    I was 22 and it was FFXI.....and it was two years ago haha.  I got started on MMOs very late...didnt have internet until I was able to buy my own computer just shortly after I turned 22. 

    I had always wanted to play one of these so called MMOs haha, but I had never played ANY game on a computer other than the Oregon Trail at school haha.....I loved the FF series so naturally XI would be my first MMO.

    It turned me on to the genre and now I'm hooked.

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  • gameguy369gameguy369 Kansas City, KSPosts: 445Member Uncommon

    16 - Dark Age of Camelot.

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