Yes, I admit it. I haven’t (for the most part) played any online games other than RuneScape. That’s not to say that I’ve never played games that most people play almost exclusively online – like Call of Duty – but I’ve always stuck strictly with the campaign mode. Why? Well, part of it is because of the community. Although I haven’t experienced the toxic community myself, I have both heard and read all of the horror stories that come with playing online, especially if you are new to the game or your skills aren’t. are not beyond casual play. . But another reason I avoided playing games online is that most of the popular ones just don’t have the same feel as RuneScape back in the day. Even playing modern RuneScape doesn’t feel the same anymore, and I miss it.
I’ve been in love with video games since I can remember, but the attachment I had to RuneScape was something different. The gameplay, in all fairness, is not something I would write about at home. It was good – the combat was straightforward, the skill leveling process was time consuming, yet relaxing. Some of the quests were also fun and enjoyable. But at the end of the day, none of those qualities are really what drew me to the game.
The sense of community, ironically, is the main reason I spent so much time on RuneScape. While, as in all gaming communities, there were still people giving each other shit on the outskirts of nature (the area in which PvP battles took place), there were also a lot of people who just wanted to discuss it.
At 13, I spent countless hours sitting there chopping wood, mining ore, mining rune essence, making campfires, fishing and cooking just like everyone else. world. Much of the game has been spent clicking on trees, for example, and then waiting for all of your inventory to slowly fill up with lumber to increase your log chopping level. Since everyone had the same idea, you would often hang out in an area full of random people who needed to be entertained to kill time while they waited. It made for some of the most entertaining conversations with strangers I’ve ever had, and I’ll never forget it.
RuneScape has the ability to do both private and public chat. So if you were stuck in one place with someone you hadn’t added as a friend, you could still give a “hey, what’s up?” And have a conversation. Blowing up music while chatting with a group of people who I knew had at least the same interests as me (since we were playing the same game) blossomed into multiple long-standing friendships with people otherwise I would never have known (looking at you, Inuyasha2oo5 and Archer707). Sure, I had to deal with monsters every now and then that wanted to be my “RuneScape boyfriend,” but overall the experience was positive and I’ve never experienced anything like it since. I doubt I will do it again.
RuneScape seemed like a social place where people could talk and relax while playing a side game. I’m sure that’s not how it was supposed to be, but I’m grateful that this is what it turned out for so many people. Overall, serious online gaming probably isn’t for me. But damn it, I’m glad I gave it a try for this one, an original gem among most online games.
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