Age, and games

I didn’t start MMOs until 2000, and I only dabbled in MUDs and MUSHes before that, though I’ve been an avid (and no doubt geeky, if stylish) tabletop gamer for, uh, a long time. Even so, in the last not-quite-decade I have played more online games than I can easily remember.

And I’m being quite literal. It occurred to me to try and list all the games I’ve played — in order (I think), because that’s the only way I have any hope of remembering most (never mind all) of them. I’ll include betas, though I didn’t always go on to play the game at release, or if I did it wasn’t always for very long. As with many of us, while they all started on discrete dates, I’ve had an on-again/off-again relationship with several of the games below and have reactivated, deactivated, left in a huff, returned in contrition, and moved on more than once. Ironically enough one of the games I haven’t done that with is WoW, which is the one that seems to rubber-band a lot of people back.

Oh, and these are all pay to play as far as I can recall (except maybe Ryzom? I didn’t go past the 14-day trial). I’m not including Puzzle Pirates, Second Life, Guild Wars and other non-subscription games.

  • Asheron’s Call (Solclaim)
  • Ultima Online
  • EverQuest
  • Asheron’s Call 2
  • Dark Age of Camelot
  • Horizons
  • Star Wars Galaxies (Kauri / Shadowfire / TCPrime)
  • World of Warcraft (Icedown)
  • EverQuest 2 (Lucan)
  • EVE online
  • Ryzom
  • Shadowbane
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • Vanguard (…. pre-Seradon, Test)
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • Warhammer Online (Averheim, nominally Monolith)

I’m shocked that I can remember less than half the server names I played on. My memory sucks, shame on me!

I also have the nagging feeling I’ve missed a few, and I can’t shake the names loose right now. Anyone care to delve into their own MMOemory, see what you’ve played?