MMOG's have come a long way since my first foray into the world of Norrath! Seeing a fully 3D world brought to life with npc's, unique locations, quests, and most of all, other players is something I will never forget.
Like Jaggins, I was hooked. Beyond hooked as I probably almost lost the job I held at the time!
Now we have many choices, from Sci-fi to fantasy to pirates there's an MMO out there for just about any preference. One commonality that has held true from the beginning though is the capacity to bring people together. With Ventrilo and other chat services the communication gap has been further reduced (not to mention in game emotes and other ways to express yourself).
For me the cultural implications have always been fascinating. As the market expands and these games spread everywhere, we find ourselves meeting and getting to know people from all over the world. How will our cultures be affected?
That's something I hope to explore here on Vive Virtual.
My first few posts however will be on Lord of the Rings Online's changing PVP if Snaarl (my eternally hungry warg) can stop chasing these tasty hobbits for a second. :)