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While EQ eventually just became too painful for me to continue playing I still have not found a game that stirs the same feelings in me as EQ. I joined EQ and quickly made friends that I still have to this day. I have yet to find a game that allowed these types of friendships to occur on such a scale. Most of my fondest MMO memories are with EQ (followed by UO). I can remember getting my first SoW and getting lost in Greater Faydark, corpse runs to crushbone and the first trip to Freeport, finding my way to North Ro where I stopped to gape. Oh and those maps by Muse, a sight to behold.
I've played just about every MMO that gets releases for awhile there and I think this drive was an attempt to recapture that lost "EQ brotherhood".
Excellent article. I had forgotten voodoo cards altogether until reading this.
Some of my best MMO memories are because of this game. I actually laugh when I now watch my nephews play "suspense" games in the horror genre. I just think to myself "You should play an EQ Enchanter that needs "Charm" to kill something..." I don't think I even had fingernails left after those sessions.
Regardless, no other game has brought out the type of emotion that EQ did. What I remember most however was that amazing sense of community. I have to keep reminding myself that people once had manners online and were more than happy to help each other out. Here's hoping the next-gen MMO developers will look back at something besides the code when moving forward.
I've never felt such a feeling of wide spectrum of love and hate since EQ. It was the game that got me hooked on MMO's. Admittedly I'm still looking for the same sense of virtual world, thrill, depth and community. Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever see another MMO with this kind of depth and especially this kind of sense of danger just walking around the world. Each zone had it's own feel and with rare spawns there were mobs to farm that were actually unique and enjoyable.
Here's hoping that some of the MMO's in the future take a look to the past and consider the reasons why it had a lasting effect on the MMO community.
Great article! I couldn't agree more with Mardukk. The sense of depth, adventure, and especially danger are missing from all MMO's that I've tried since EQ. I doubt it will ever be captured in quite the same way again. In all my years of gaming nothing can come close to the awe-inspiring experience that I had with EQ.
Originally posted by Mardukk I've never felt such a feeling of wide spectrum of love and hate since EQ.
Indeed. What a lot don't understand is that lows are required to emphasis the highs, and without them all you have is a middle ground 'meh'.
On a side note,how sad is it what happens to these guy over the years? Look at Smed and EA in general... compare what they started out being to the money grubbing cash whores they ended up becoming. All passion and vision for the product gone, onlylove for the bottomline left.
I am sure they are all a lot richer, but I wonder if what they sold was worth it.
Best game ever.
Interesting read. Missed the article when it first came out. Wish I was in on EQ when it arrived. Always wanted to be, but I was a kid with limited funds and couldn't build a computer to handle it back then.
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Love these historical articles! Nice job.
My personal experiance with EQ was through watching friends play and thinking 'This game sucks.' EQ (along with UO) kept me from playing MMOs for years. But different strokes and all...
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"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
EQ really was something else...
It wasn't my favorite game of the Golden Age of MMOs, that goes to Dark Age of Camelot, but it had so many amazing fluff features that made people work together and made the world feel real.
I wish WoW had copied the good features of EQ instead of the bad ones.
I always thought Everquest : this is soo awesome. Now every game is going to be like this but better.
Guess what . never happened they got worse and worse.
So I still play classic Everquest on mac [mod edit] or progression servers.
New games = instas, quest hubs to level , item Requirements. NOTHING LIKE classic Everquest.
Originally posted by Nethermancer I feel like the only MMO fan that has bad memeories of how tedious and horrible EQ1 was........i was 16 when it came out though so maybe i needed to be younger to appreciate it?
just different tastes - i dont think it has anything to do w age
i was 37 when I first played EQ in 1999 and loved the game
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