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
- Asheron’s Call 2
- Dark Age of Camelot
- Star Wars Galaxies (Kauri / Shadowfire / TCPrime)
- World of Warcraft (Icedown)
- EverQuest 2 (Lucan)
- EVE online
- 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?