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As I played over the last few days, I realized something more. I've grown older since I started playing MMORPG's. Quite a bit older. Old enough to call myself an old school gamer.
I grew up in the days when Movies like Conan the Barbarian, Willow, Dragon Slayer, Legend, Lady Hawke, The Beastmaster, King Authur, and countless Mythology movies that were all Top Movie Hits. Those were the days of High Adventure. This is what we loved in the old school days of D&D and gaming.
When EQ came out it was like the adventures we got to see in epic high adventure type movies, soon after we seen EQOA and other games of that genre. These games appealed to old schoolers, as time moved on, SOE created the monster EQ2 and WoW came out which started a path away from HIgh Adventure. Then came Age of Conan, a game which was wholely unfinished, and hurt the Old School games, not because it wasn't great, but because of hits horrible launch.
Old schoolers then seen a movment of the MMO industry away from High adventure titles, until LOTRO. It was the beacon of hope for Old Schoolers, and till this day, both EQ and LOTRO are still strong. Since then we have seen Movies like Lord of the Rings do really well in theaters and TV series Game of Thrones, which is a #1 hit, which brought a glimmer of hope to my eyes once again, seeing that old school money and instrest is not completely dead!
For many years I felt as though the MMO industry had forgotten that we old schoolers who loved High Adventure still existed in the shadows of many other games. Then came my greatest hope yet.... ESO. ESO means more then just another MMO, it represents all the things I loved growing up in High Adventure and what Old School Adventure is like. ESO has brought that back to us as old schoolers, and gave us a masterpiece we have been waiting for, for a long time.
So when I hear someone whos younger say that ESO sucks, it feel its because they did not grow up in my days. Where the Music was that of High Adventure, like in movies of Conan the Barbarian or the rest I listed. To sit back and hear music that inspires high adventure and can tell a story on its own is a truly beautiful art that has been lost over the past decade. Or a game that can tell a story that gives you the feeling of actually being in a move of the old school day movies. Its a wonder to be in a game of this quality that is Old School at its heart and is a dream come true, to see the voice overs, the sights in the world that are so real looking that every detail on a building or on the horizon takes you right to High Adventure days. To me this is the next gen Old School game I have been waiting a decade to see come true!
For that I want to say Thank you Zenimax for not giving up on the Old School players and stayed true to the feeling and immersion of the old school days of High Adventure!!! I feel there will be a lot of others who feel the same as I do....