Replay RuneScape MMO before mobile launch
Welcome to Memory card. Here we embark on a final, perhaps even fatal, game of forgotten games from our past. Just like in the good old days, we could get by all night, we could lose a friend or two, we could resort to too many Hot Pockets. Let’s see how far we’ve gone. Or regressed.
At the very beginning, as the global internet set the gaming world on fire with the ability to party over LAN, a type of fantastic experience emerged: the MMORPG, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, for you noobs. . It was games like World of warcraft or Guild wars that allowed you to talk and search with people from all over the place, and all you needed was a semi-decent internet connection to do that. My personal fantasy drug of choice was RuneScape, a game in which my brother and I teamed up to kill the bodily beast, learn to cook exquisite monkfish, and play a few games of Gnome Ball. Those days when I came home from school and hopped on our shared computer, and later on our own computers, but leaving our bedroom doors open to yell strategies and beg for gold, were some of the best times. that I had growing up.
I followed sporadically RuneScape over the years to make sure my 2005 account stays intact. But it wasn’t until about two months ago, when I got a message from a good friend of my * team of players * that just said “I want to play runescape”, that I picked up my trip to Gielinor.
Like any good MMO, the objective in RuneScape changes drastically from player to player. Maybe you want to complete each of the over 200 quests to solidify your status as a legendary hero. Maybe you want to master one of the 28 skills of the illustrious Skill Mastery cape. Maybe you want to make billions returning items to Grand Exchanges. You could also be an asshole and go kill some questing players in the desert. Not to mention the mini-games, world events, duels, and vacations. Needless to say, the game is great. And it is clear that Jagex has not stopped updating Gielinor. There’s a slew of new shits, the last one being RuneScape Mobile, which launches on June 17.
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It was overwhelming to come back to RuneScape‘s Grand Exchange and seeing people wearing armor and wielding swords that looked like they could harness God’s destructive power to smash my old gold-lined dragon armor and abyssal whip (that would be awesome if you played in my time, kids). Even the menus were different, although it turns out that the nice Jagex employees have implemented a lot of support for older players, including a legacy menu mode. In another nod to former players, I was delighted to find that when I went to Lumbridge and spoke with Hans, an iconic NPC from the start, he could reward me with a Veteran’s Cloak. of five, 10 or 15 years. The 15-year mark is something to see; it has fire which burns the bottom.
After being so upset, I decided to focus on one lifelong goal: mastering fire-making. Skill mastery consists of hours upon hours of repetitive movement to reach level 99 (now 120 in a handful of skills), and it earns you a cloak worthy of a master. This cape is tailored. It’s bright. It shows the symbol of any skill and even comes with a matching hood. My brother and a good friend — who claims be a powerful mage – also joined in the fun MMO, and after re-exploring the RuneScape world (and constantly reminding my team on our Discord chat that I was the strongest among us), it was time to get down to business. This crew would become one of the most legendary craftsmen Gielinor had ever seen, me with my arson, my friend with his magic and my brother with herbalist (potion making), which he chose because the skill cape looks like a weed leaf.
This mission ushered in the most relaxing month of the pandemic. Yes, it was monotonous work, but RuneScape did such a remarkable job of rewarding hard work that I felt like my friends and I couldn’t care less about Discord as usual, but with goal setting. And of course, RuneScape is not without its shares of microtransactions, the darkest aspect of the game that MMOs love RuneScape and World of warcraft anything but made up, but now with my adult money affording a membership was no problem, and beyond membership everything else – cool cosmetics to intimidate other players, boosts XP, in-game money – is almost completely optional.
Over time, my brother earned his Cannabis Leaf Cloak, but not before I earned my Professional Firefighter Cloak. Our friend, however, has made very little progress on his magic, as I am still 20 good levels higher than him in the Arcane Arts. But that was just the start. We started playing mini games, doing quests, working on world events … it’s fair to say I’m addicted again, an addiction that only seems to get worse if I can hold Varrock in the palm of my hand. RuneScapeThe claws dug into the most vulnerable parts of my brain, rekindling that old love to bring me an immense amount of comfort during one of the most worried and anxious times of my life. So while I can spend hours clicking Falador and Draynor, the peace of mind is well worth it.
You RuneScape the goblins, with your fingers trapped in the fire conjured by Zamorak right now, might laugh at how easy it is to get the fire cloak, or wonder why, after 15 years, this is the first skill cloak that I won, but finally receiving my first skill cap after this decade and a half, alongside my brother and friend, I was beaming. There’s just something inherently emotional about playing old games like this again. Sometimes it’s the frustration of not agreeing with your young self. Sometimes it’s a deep spiritual recognition of how a title helped shape your childhood. Sometimes it takes you back to when you were a much less experienced gamer and highlights how far you’ve come in life. With RuneScape it was a bit of all three. If my young self could see me now he would be so proud. Even you giant worms cannot steal my light.
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