I was searching the internet and came across this IGN review of Everquest shortly after launch.
I actually missed it, paying little attention to online games until 2001 or so. Heck, I got most of my gaming news from paper magazines like CGW or PCGamer so probably was a delay of a year or so just to hear about it.
It's a fun read, and I recalled feeling the authors wide eyed wonder at being in this great 3D virtual world when I first played Dark Age of Camelot.
I also enjoyed this comment, especially as we still struggle with it today despite all of the technical advances.
"Since the first week things have gotten much better and even with all of the problems its still more playable than Ultima Online. This week, as in the beta, the game has rarely suffered from major lag issues now, even on a 28.8k modem"
It seems the promise and wonder is largely gone now, people just play games and no longer desire to inhabit virtual worlds.
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Just trying to live long enough to play a new, released MMORPG, playing POE at the moment.
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