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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A dozen memories

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A few pieces of news to highlight this week, concerning Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Everquest.

First up, a quick reminder that Arrival, the new and final DLC for Mass Effect 2 is released on Tuesday (29th March). Joystiq have a preview of the DLC up here, and it sounds interesting, with Shepard having to go it alone for once. There are hints of a big twist in the storyline as well. I'm looking forwards to it as it will help bridge the story into Mass Effect 3, released later this year.

Bioware have posted a great new Star Wars: The Old Republic video up on the official site (the embed is below). The new vid shows the progression routes for the Jedi Knight class and the kind of armour progression that the class will be able to use, including some classic Jedi-style robes. It's well worth a look.


Finally, Everquest, my first ever MMO was launched 12 years ago this month. I can't believe I have been playing MMOs for 12 years! It is also the MMO I stuck with for the longest - I played the game for around five years.

In honour of the old game here are a dozen of my favourite memories of EQ; the game that, for me at least, started it all. In no particular order...
  1. The first time I logged in to play the game it took me nearly an hour to figure out how to run, rather than walk. The interface at launch was not what you would call user-friendly!
  2. Walking from Qeynos to Freeport for the first time as a level 5 druid. It was terrifying! The entire route (I didn't really know where I was going other than East) was lined with powerful beasties that just wanted to eat me. Travelling in MMOs back then was an adventure all in itself. You even had to wait for and catch boats to cross the ocean! The only way to find out which direction was north was to drop a rusty sword on the ground (the blade always pointed north).
  3. Receiving my first phone bill after starting the game. Back then I had to connect using a 33kbps modem and pay for the call by the minute. Ouch!
  4. Terrorantula. Need I say more?
  5. The first time I saw an epic "train to zone" in Blackburrow.
  6. Taking part in a guild war between the Violent Harvest and the Knights Templar. More MMOs need to include this functionality. Best weekend ever!
  7. Teleporting folks around for 10 gold a time. Easy money!
  8. Finally obtaining the Paw of Opolla. Questing back then was hard work - there was no map to guide you and no quest icons. You had to follow clues and camp mobs for hours (Gynok Moltor took 3 days to turn up).
  9. The East Commonlands tunnel becoming the first in-game auction house. Except you had to actually go there in person. The place was always full of people selling and buying stuff.
  10. Watching my brother play after his dwarf Udrath had just fallen off the boat in the ocean of tears. Neither of us knew about the invisible walls, so he just started to swim East, figuring he would zone eventually. Unfortunately you only zoned if you were on the boat, and after an hour of swimming we finally clued up!
  11. Corpse runs. Goddamn naked corpse runs...
  12. Raiding the Plane of Fear for the first time along with about 80 other people. Yep, 80 people in a raid. Madness!
If you are feeling all nostalgic you could do worse than check out Evercracked, an official behind the scenes documentary on the making of the game that really defined MMOs for the next ten years (the first episode is embedded below).


Right, I'm off to finish Dragon Age 2. I'll be posting my final thoughts on the game soon. It is even better and at the same time more flawed than I had originally thought!

3 comments:

  1. I love nostalgia posts, especially of games I never played. Reading another players thoughts & memories is very interesting, keep up the good work Mere!!

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  2. Thanks mate :)
    I have an idea for a look back at some "classic" games I played in the past too, maybe even going right back to my old 8-bit computer games.

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  3. Great post Bro. I recall all that swimming! Dwarves are not made for water. I recall scaring myself crapless when I landed on an island too, only to see this huge dinosaur T-Rex thing running round. Funnily enough one of the portals to an ancient time in the event EQ2 is running, you get to kill ole Allizewsaur.

    I never ever knew about the North thing! LMAO..would have made things easier at times.

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