I, for one, never got into WoW. (I'm a part of the 0.1% that haven't.)
My first MMO was a free-to-play 2D side-scrolling MMO, Maplestory. I got into around the time of its release (back when there were only 2 servers and no Cash Shop), with some friends from Neopets (yes, Neopets -- I have no shame D:). It was pretty much what one would expect it to be: a grindaholic's chibi-styled game with a community full of whiny 13-16 year olds. But I was a kid, myself, so it didn't bother me very much. The MMO itself, however, was surprisingly fun. Maybe it's because I'd never experienced a game like that before, but I really enjoyed the character development, the high-scale worlds, the music, the art, the teamwork involved, etc. Having never played an MMO before, I'd never experienced that deep a level of interaction.
Years later when the Maple grinding had finally taken its toll, I found a "real" MMO, The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, and very quickly became obsessed with that. The community was much better than that of Maplestory, the combat mechanics felt nicely paced (not too slow, not too fast), the graphics were amazing (in comparison), I LOVE the story so that was a given, and everything else about the game was just fantastic. Then it moved into Moria and started to stagnate and eventually I just lost interest.
I tried Aion for about a month. Boy, was that a mistake.
And now, here I am, ready to give FFXIV a try. I've always enjoyed most FF titles, but never got into XI, so I figured this was my chance to break into the FF universe
as an MMO. And from what little I did manage to play in the closed beta, I can say with certainty that I'm excited.
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
This may quite possibly be the most epicly failed anti-antitroll trolling attempt.