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MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) Games

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I play a few different MMOs, 3 actually.

World of Warcraft (WoW) was the 1st MMO I played and stuck with for longer than just a few days. I actually started with EverQuest, but I did not really care for it very much. When Blizzard announced WoW, I did not think I would ever play it. I mean, why would I want to pay, every month, to play a game I had already paid for? It was several years before a friend of mine convinced me to install the game and play, on a private (free) server. He showed me where to download the game, for free, and how I could get online and play it, for free. This got me hooked, and after a couple of years playing on the free (and illegal) servers, I purchased the game and all of it’s expansions and opened my first account on the official servers. I have to say, that the real thing is much better than the free servers out there. I have been having a lot of fun playing, with all the other people. I have made several friends, as well. But I do get bored with playing the same game all the time, so I have ventured out into the other MMOs listed here.

I actually picked up the software for Guild Wars on sale. The version I got (Platinum Pack) included 1 of the expansions. The nice thing about Guild Wars, is it is free to play. You buy the software, and that’s it. There are extras, which you can purchase, but the game is just fine without them. It’s not quite as robust as WoW, but it is still a good alternative to it. Also, unlike WoW, you do not have to own any of the expansions in order to take advantage of the entire world. The Expansions are actually separate Campaigns and do not appear to intermingle with each other.

Aion is the latest addition to my list of MMOs. I picked this one up on sale, for a price that I figured, if I didn’t like it, I could deal with the cost. So far, I am liking it. The graphics are very nicely done, and the gameplay is decent. I will have a better idea of this one, as I play it more (only about 2 hours into it so far), but I think that it is going to be a keeper. I’m really looking forward to being able to “Ascend” and get my wings. I am, however, a little disappointed in the lack of GUI Customization available. Where WoW has all of it’s addons, Aion does not seem to have anything other than the (small amount of) default options. I can understand this with Guild Wars, being it is free to play, but I would think that Aion would have more options available.

All in all, I really do enjoy playing these games, but every now and then, I still like my 1st person shooters and my console games. Not to mention getting out of the house and away from the computer (and consoles) altogether.

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