Would less than 500 concurrently online really count as 'massively multiplayer' though?Do MUDs count as MMORPGs?
Nerd!IRC and then palace.
Is it any surprise that the first thing I did before compiling any new IRC client was to hack an IRCEMAIL into it?Nerd!
It will not surprise anyone that I also did IRC. I've said many times that SL reminds me of IRC, but with avatars and shopping. I've also told venue owners and Estate owners that being a venue "bouncer/hostess" or Estate Manager isn't that much different from being a ChanOp on IRC.
I also did some MMOing before SL, in fact the reason I didn't join SL before 2006 was because I was already paying MMO fees and didn't want to commit to another monthly fee. I also wasn't sure how well SL would run on the computer. (badly as it turned out).
I started EQOA (the PS2 EQ MMO) in early March of 2003 a few weeks after it had released, Marr's Fist server, mostly as an Elven Cleric. I did FFXI in 2004, Ragnarok server. Hume WHM/RDM mostly.
After SL, I didn't do much MMOing, because what I would have paid in MMO fees went into my virtual SL wardrobe. Yeah, I had the fashion monkey on my back. I did try the WoW trial in 2008, just to know a little about what some SL users were going on about. WoW is a LOT like EQOA, except for the interface. I fell into the healing and buffing groove well enough. But I didn't sign up and go monthly because.....SL shopping.
I've dabbled in several F2P MMO's since SL. Runescape (running under IBM's PPC Java on a Linux install on my PS3), STO (both PC and PS4), LOTRO (ran fairly well under Linux), TERA (PS4), Aeon (PC), DCUO (both PS3 and PS4), Neverwinter (PS4), BDO (PS4), Onigiri (PS4), FreeRealms (both PC and PS3). The one that has stuck with me the most is STO. While I'm no STO whale, I have spent money in the Zen store now and then to support the game...and pick up a few T6 ships. I lurves me my Pathfinder (which I own on both PC and PS4), and Modern Science Bundle for PS4 (Sutherland for FED, Laeosa for RRF, and Naj'sov for KDF). The Naj'sov being the only TRUE Klingon Science Vessel.