Although I haven’t played EQOA in a long long time it does sadden me to see it coming to an end.I still recall the day I was browsing around gamestop for some games to pick up for my fairly new ps2 (I had just gotten the ability to play online) and in the bargain bin I saw an intriguing title: EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers. I picked it up and read the case, seeing things like creating a hero, embarking on an epic adventure, exploring dangerous frontiers, teaming up with others, and of course it was online so it sounded like a cool game. I had no idea what EverQuest was all about, nor what a MMORPG was – MMO’s were still a fairly unpopular genre at this point in time, it wouldn’t be until years later that games like WoW would make the genre much more mainstream. Little did I know the huge impact this seemingly simple $10 bargain bin game was going to have on my life.The first thing that stands out to me about this game is the intro music that plays. The EverQuest theme just completely excited me, it got me so pumped to start playing, the musical score just went so perfectly with the fantasy theme of the game. It filled me with a sense of adventure and made me really wanna get into the world and start playing time and time again. Even today when I go on youtube to listen to the theme it fills me with intense feelings of nostalgia, for a game, an era long gone to me. It brings back memories of all the fun times I had on EQOA and even makes me want to go and start playing again (even though that almost never turns out to be good idea heh).I was an elf druid in EQOA, on Castle Lightwolf, I never reached max level (grinding was something I did but never to the point where I felt like I had to do it so much to reach the level cap) and I never cared. That’s an attitude that I’d never have on any of the current MMO’s I play where the level cap is really where the game begins. I can still remember stepping into the world for the very first time, it was vast.. it was huge.. it was completely unexplored.. it was amazing. Freeport seemed like it was an impossibly long distance away and danger was around every turn. Norrath was a magical wonderful place and I was so happy to be there. Teaming up with other people to take on those wasp nests near Tethelin for the first time (and collectively dying to the queen more than once), to running all over the world to do my level 17 armor quests and then helping many many others do theirs too, to exploring seemingly endless terrains and environments to find new camps and areas to poke around, I truly never expected to have so many awesome experiences from this $10 game.But the best part of the game was the people, I eventually started a guild and started meeting other players, these players would go on to become good friends, amazingly good friends. Friendships I’d build for years, I’d get to know them and grow alongside them (I was 15 or 16 when I first started this game). I knew some of these players better than I knew my real life friends cause I’d spend so much time on this game. And when we all started growing alittle tired of the game and wanted a change, we made the collectively decision to move to FFXI. The ps2 harddrive had just come out, with FFXI already on it so we all made the move. The move wasn’t really successful as many of us (myself included) decided we didn’t like FFXI and came right back to EQOA. We underestimated the hold that this game truly had on us! A long while after that we did end up giving FFXI another chance and played that for years to come after but EQOA was where we got our start. Although many have moved on with their lives from gaming, I still know and keep in touch with the friends I’ve made on EQOA to this day. The friendships I’ve made on the game have truly been lifelong, I don’t think anything could break the bond I’ve formed with these people.I’ve now played several MMORPGs and continue to play and enjoy them to this day, and it’s all thanks to me coming across this simple $10 game in a bargain bin. Now I was never particularly interested in RPGs or anything like that before this game, I was more into first person shooters acutally lol. But EQOA got me addicted and never let go, I even decided I wanted to go to college for Computer Science just because I wanted to work in the gaming industry where I could work with MMO’s in some way (and I’ve since achieved this goal!). My life, my future has been shaped by this game. Everything from what I enjoy now, to the friends I’ve made, to what my career is – spawned from EverQuest Online Adventures. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing right now had I not decided to pick up the game.I’d like to thank the developers for bringing EQ to consoles so many years ago, a brilliant idea that I’m so thankful they brought to life. And also thank them for keeping the game alive all these years so people could continue to experience the epic world of Norrath. While MMORPGs aren’t exactly hard to find these days, I do hope others were able to experience EQOA as their first MMO after I’ve gone and have fun with it as I have. I’d also like to thank you for upkeeping such an awesome blog! EQOA related talk, especially recent and updated talk, isn’t something you come by often so it was very refreshing when I found your blog a few months back. I continue to check in from time to time to see what you’ve got to say.And of course I’d like to thank the players, everyone who created a character on EQOA and contributed to making the game world the amazing place it was for me.I’ll miss you EQOA.SoW plz.– Justin
I woke up feeling sick today and heard the news that Davy Jones from The Monkees died. That was very unsettling for me as i love their music. But, the worst was to come…The second news i heard was that EQOA is getting shut down. Now i was officially heartbroken. It might seem silly in the big picture to have such an attachment to a “video game”. Can you really fault me though considering i played this game since the classic EQOA beta?
There are many memories with this game that i will never forget. All the people i’ve met, all my characters, even all the out-of-game memories with friends that remind me of this game. Sure, i’ve played other online games, but in the end none ever compared to EQOA. I’m still shocked.
I can only hope that the shutting down of this game paves the way for EQOA 2 or at least something great in the future. Who knows? In the meantime, i’ll be playing as much as i can while this games clock ticks down.