MapleStory 5

Today is National Video Games Day. It’s also National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Boss/Employee Exchange Day, and National Day of Encouragement. So sit down to have a milkshake with your boss and let him or her know how great everything’s going with the company.

For my part in National Video Games Day, I recalled and tweeted about my first “hyped” video game, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the NES. It came out in the US nearly two years after its Japanese release, and all the previews and teasers in Nintendo Power and its predecessor, the Nintendo Fun Club News, drove me mad with anticipation. The original Legend of Zelda was an iconic game that was unlike anything else before it, and I knew the sequel would be even better. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but it was good enough for 14-year-old me, who I think got it as a Christmas or birthday (in January) present, just to add to that feeling of awesome that always comes with a new game.

That got me thinking about something a little more appropriate for this site: my first free-to-play game. For me, that would have to be MapleStory and, as with many things F2P, it ended in frustration and disappointment.

It was early 2007, and I was in the mood for something resembling an online game. Since leaving City of Heroes two years ago, I’d resubbed on occasion but it never stuck with me again. I’d heard of “free” games and knew they’d be limited — nothing on par with CoH — but thought it might be fun to derp around for a little bit and see what I could do. MapleStory was a pretty well-known title, even back then, so I decided to give it a whirl. It was about what I expected: fun, to a degree, but limited. Still, I played around with it for a couple weeks, happy enough to be in an online world, even if I did stay pretty much to myself.

It’s been nine years, so I really don’t remember too many specifics about the gameplay, but I do remember why I quit. After a difficult battle, my character was at low health. Rather than wait to see it restored, I decided to log off, figuring I’d be back at full health when I checked in after a day or two. Only that wasn’t the case. My character’s health was right where I’d left it, and I’d have to wait to refill it, sitting in game to watch it regenerate… very… slowly… Or, I suppose, i could have bought something on the cash shop, but I’m not sure I ever even looked at it.

Well, I had better things to do with my time than sit and wait for that. At least, I presume I did. I quit MapleStory and never went back. Fortunately, it was just a few days later that the beta for The Lord of the Rings Online started. I jumped immediately into that and spent several years in the game, thus fulfilling my need for limited socialization through video games.

Anyway, that’s my (Maple)story of my first free-to-play game. What’s yours?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Razer on September 13, 2016

    Runescape, circa 2004. My friends recommended this game to me. I made it to about level 15 before I told them they were idiots for obsessing over this game and then I introduced them to Battlefield 1942. They never played Runescape again after that.

  2. FireAir on September 13, 2016

    My first f2p game would be Angels online(the first one) back in 2006. i still go back to it even though it’s mostly dead lol

  3. Hantzie on September 13, 2016

    Silkroad Online

  4. kalatraba on September 13, 2016

    MU Online in 2nd grade of Junior High School. I remember it like yesterday…

  5. Lavamaster5000 on September 13, 2016

    World of Tanks… Still play to this day! ^-^

  6. Kestas28 on September 13, 2016

    My first mmorpg was none other then lineage2 i still go back too it on private servers since retail just took a big fat **** on it

  7. zabi on September 13, 2016

    Perfect world international was were it all began for me… ahh memories

  8. pirate133 on September 13, 2016

    maple storyw as indeed my frist but later on cause majotry tiem was video games i tyed out mabinogi

  9. DreTheCritic on September 13, 2016

    RO private servers and Gunz online were my go to f2p games when i was younger, i remember spending my parents money in the internet cafe K-Styling people on Gunz…fun times 🙂

  10. Nyhmus on September 13, 2016

    Mine was Darkness and Light, an old school moba which i highly enjoyed playing.

  11. Reznovic on September 13, 2016

    My first F2P game was either Luna Online released on 13th of August 2009
    or Gunbound, which was released April 2003

  12. cacalips on September 13, 2016

    I was addicted to WOW, quit, had withdrawls. Joined Perfect World because a friend had it. All it did was make me think of wow. So I quit and got into runes of magic and 4 story… Runes actually had me…I started paying for it … then it’s dailies scheme where you farm dailies that easily force you to skip regular content by power leveling and spending real cash to reset them made me quit. (how F2P works)… So Then I just have been hopping around, got a few max characters on almost every F2P…All garbage…B2P all garbage…P2P all garbage…just waiting for something new as Iavoid offlien single player garbage games as well…Funny, I actually rediscovered old JRPG’s on SNES that never came out in USA (ROMS), and man, they are pretty awesome! Until something replaces that…that is all I do (besides a few arena games)

    • ASD on September 13, 2016

      Ahhhh yeah the WOW withdrawls. Well I didn’t experience it since I came a generation after WoW was born as the ultimate MMO but I have tried it. I’m not 100% fan of it but I like it more then all the modern MMOs who half ass it or put obvious pay 2 win signs in their game.

  13. Mouhsine on September 13, 2016

    my first F2P game was rappelz….i did played it that time believing that my play time will be limited somehow…i did not think that rappelz was really F2P…since most MMO that time were only P2P or timed limited trial version….looool

  14. Nexle on September 13, 2016

    Ahh, Fiesta Online. My first F2P game with ourspark. Too bad Outspark died though.

  15. RandomUser on September 13, 2016

    Runescape 2004 – 2012 (R.I.P soon after Squeal of Fortune)

  16. Risea on September 12, 2016

    MU 2005-06

  17. Ralphbert on September 12, 2016

    Rose Online or Conquer Online, 2005.

  18. Jokul on September 12, 2016

    Was Tales of Pirates for me, super unique at the time and very fun.

    • . on September 13, 2016

      (y) Pirates unite! Best for me too. That melody, gameplay, adventures… It’s still one of the best games ever for me. 😀

  19. SqueezyTime on September 12, 2016

    The first F2P game I played was Ragnarok Online, but I want to say it wasn’t F2P when I first played… I don’t remember lol. Other than that, I’ve mostly just bounced around between every F2P game that emerged; always looking for new ones, and never really settling in for more than a couple weeks. The first F2P game to actually hold my interest through endgame was ArcheAge which, despite it’s flaws, is still the most fun and engaging MMO I’ve played since vanilla/BC WoW.

  20. Kineticfetus on September 12, 2016

    Fairly sure my first f2p game was RF Online

  21. iyah123 on September 12, 2016

    My first F2P was Grand Chase followed closely by Maplestory. I really would trade Mapestory clsing down to be able to play Grand Chase again since the former has gone the route of pay2win and is having a very hard time correcting its mistakes.

  22. HHH on September 12, 2016

    It was artix entertainments games. Awful mistake their support team is horrible devs don’t make good decisions alot of the times and they recycle alot of the content from their old games and put it in their new games. They even got upset when I tried to cancel my account and after a week of fighting I ended being IP blocked lol. But yeah my first game was a horrible experience they just wanted my money.

    • HHH on September 12, 2016

      Also this is probably irrelevant but I wanted to say I even asked nicely and their help pages say they do that service. But yeah it’s obvious they mostly want your money. They try to act like they don’t but they do.

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