Tag Archives: Everquest
For many, the characters are the make and break of a franchise. We all admire great gameplay, sumptuous graphics and a witty script but when it boils down to it, we have to like and connect with the people on the screen (and in many cases ones you are going to spend more quality time with than your family). Our favorite characters include some obvious ones and some less so. Read on to find out who they are…
Press Start is an introspective column on gaming and life from my perspective. Periodically, I want to bring something more to the table than a standard gaming preview or review. While it is true that I don’t want to preach recovery, if you, the reader, get anything out of this then it is completely worth it to me.
Step 8 (from the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) – Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
It is no secret that EverQuest made an indelible mark on my life and gaming career. The announcement was made by SOE recently that in March, EQ would be switching to a free to play, freemium if you will, payment model. Thirteen years after its original release, EverQuest is still going strong enough to be putting out its eighteenth expansion and support a fan base that I assume they hope will increase along with their profits much like DC Universe Online and EverQuest II has.
Thirteen years after the game’s release, I would have thought for sure it would be defunct by now with players moving on to bigger and better things, and yet, it still has that appeal that keeps people coming back. I would hazard a guess that the call to EverQuest is as strong as it ever was in the beginning for some. EverCrack had its grip on me on and off for about eight of those thirteen years and here I am roughly five years after my last login wondering about the game and contemplating my past that involves a lot of addiction to alcohol and gaming, specifically, EverQuest.
Yes, I realize this isn’t “today” news, but I’ve actually been mulling this over for a couple of days. SOE has announced that EverQuest is going free to play. It joins the ranks of DC Universe Online and EverQuest II as the latest to take advantage of the freemium business model. The news kind of caught me by surprise in that it makes total sense it should be free to play, but it actually didn’t go free to play before EverQuest II did. I don’t know what the server populations are like on either game. One can’t really argue the logic with going free to play for the diehards still playing the game in its thirteenth year (the switchover coincides with the thirteenth anniversary).
As some of you that may follow the site, you might recall that EverQuest is a big part of my gaming life and addiction. This whole EQ business has been on my mind for a couple of days and honestly, it gives me a bit of trepidation about the subject.
The MMO spotlight is undoubtably on the recently released Star Wars: The Old Republic. But maybe your not that into Wookiees and lightsabers. Hell, maybe your just broke. There’s no shame in turning to more affordable alternatives. After all, it’s worth noting that dozens, upon dozens of MMOs have gone free to play. One of the most recent of these being Everquest II, an ambitious fantasy world and sequel to one of the most influential MMORPGs ever created.