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Got an email from a friend of mine saying she went back to eq2. Her and I stopped playing a few years ago. We both started playing eq2 when it came out in Nov. 2004 (8 years ago!!) and played for about 3 years. So, about 5 years have gone by. 5 years!!!!
She said come back and try it again, a lot has changed, and I have a surprise for you when you do.
So, forgetting all the stupid restrictions of the f2p model and dated graphics, I went back. The first thing that hit me was the opening music. EQ2 was my first MMO and the opening music just brought back a wave of fun memories.
Then, after being in game for only a few minutes, the messages (/tell in eq2 world) started to pour in. "OMG!! YOU'RE BACK!!!" "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, YOU ARE BACK YAYYYY, JOIN OUR GUILD NOW!!!" and so on.... at least 20 people started to chat with me at once.
The surprise my friend was telling me about was many of my old guildmates who I met in 2004 and were still playing. 8 years laters and these people still remember me. Still remember the fun times we had. It was like going to a high school reunion!
It was great chatting and seeing my old friends. EQ2 was the first and the last game where I belong to a guild of friends that really worked together, laughed together, and became a family together. We helped each other level, organzied fun activities, crafted for each other, it was teamwork and it's best and it was FUN!!!
So although a fun time, it was also a sad reminder of the state of MMOs today. Why has this not happened in any other game? Why do people play a game for 8 years back then and today, only months, if that before leaving?
I played LOTR, SWTOR, STO, GW2, TSW, and many many more. How is it possible that the commorodity I found in EQ2 I have never been able to find in any other MMO, ever????? Someone please explain that to me. Is it just because it was my first MMO? Or is it other MMOs, especially newer MMOs today, just don't promote grouping or guilding?
Well, at least I'll get that teamwork feeling again and I hope it lasts becasue it reminds me of the reason why I like MMO's in the first play. Friends and fun. Everything else just takes a back seat to that.
I wish grouping and guilding was more important and fun in games today. I know, I'm being nostalgic....sigh.