I’m sure we all remember when we first picked up our first remote control. For me, that remote belonged to a new PlayStation in my parent’s living room. After months of begging, they finally caved and bought the console for me. I’ll never forget the amazement I felt when I turned on that screen and Crash Bandicoot popped up ready to race in a mystical and amazing virtual reality world.
Over the next few years, gaming advanced in ways that I could never have imagined. And then one day, while hanging out at my boyfriend’s house, he told me his cousin had showed him a new game that was played on a computer. A computer? I thought to myself… that sounds tedious and boring. I sat down and watched as he plugged his computer into the TV screen and launched this new game. I watched as he logged in and showed me his character. I couldn’t believe how good it looked. My jaw dropped as another person ran by his screen; a stranger from across the country; completing the same quests as him. That game was World of Warcraft. It was the first MMORPG that I had ever heard of or seen. The idea that you could play on the internet with millions of other people, talking to them and completing quests and dungeons together was amazing to me. I went home that day and immediately started saving my allowance.
For years, my boyfriend (now husband) and I played many different MMOs together including WoW, Rift, Tera, SWToR, LoTRO and others. I never looked back. Nearly ten years have passed since I first discovered the world of MMOs, and my bet is I’ll be playing for the next ten.