The video game motif seems to really be popular, so I think I'll stick with it for a little while longer. I'm going to talk about my personal history with online gaming as I think it could have been a common one for many. I played my first MMO after meeting a kid in an AOL chat room (Who else remembers when those were the shit?) He told me about "Runescape" which I read as "Run escape" and I was like, what is this bizarre game? I was interested at first, as I had never experienced this type of game before so everything was interesting. I got my mining up to like level 15 and I could never ever find the furnace. Good times.
I had a group of friends who would always play the same games so we could play with each other, and we were finally getting sick of the Runescape craze. We stumbled upon this other game, Ragnarok Online. It was completely different from Runescape, there was literally zero focus on useless skills like Herblore and Woodcutting and a lot more focus on action and graphics. This game was a lot of fun, you got to pick a class like Swordsman or Thief, and then as you leveled up you could further progress into other classes that you could choose. Some chose Crusader while others chose Knight, etc. There was a lot of flexibility, and overall it was very enjoyable.
I won't write a lot about WOW since everything that's been said about it has already been said. but we played this game afterwards. We played on the regular servers for a while, but we ended up playing on private servers for the majority of times. This game was a lot more fun without all the grinding elements.
While all this was happening, XBOX Live was still becoming a new thing. I remember going to the midnight release of Halo 2 and being so excited for the new online elements and multiplayer. This was really ground breaking at the time, and I'm pretty sure it was Halo 2 that set the matchmaking and custom game system to it's standard that games would follow even to today. I remember setting up XBOX Live as being a bitch too, it wasn't as easy as it is now with our wireless internet. Our router of course had to be 2 floors down from where the XBOX was, so it was always an adventure trying to hook it up.
How were your first experiences with online games? I know everyone has at least played one.