I remember when I was not so little, maybe 10 years old, every time I got out of school, I liked to hang in a cybercafe near my house. For 10 pesos an hour, maybe about 70 to 80 cents of a dollar, I could play my very first game: Runescape. And I loved it! My very own character, more than 20 skills to level up, and Free to Play. I was in bliss for an entire year, until I let it go.
Many years later I decided to revisit it during a moment of loneliness and fell in love with it again. And I played it for many years until today (occasionally leaving and returning to it). There is hardly a game that captures me like Runescape keeps doing it. I’ve tried Final Fantasy XIV, Eve Online and even World of Warcraft for a while, but I didn’t even last a month. Why? Well, one thing is its retro vibe.
Runescape, for all the confused people reading, is an MMORPG that was released on January 4th, 2001. At the time, a game that could be played in your browser and it was an epic adventure that you could play for free! Hours of content available from the get go and a membership with even more quests to do, skills to master and many more adventures. The game itself, even today, feels retro and gives a strong sense of nostalgia, something that players are desperately looking for.
And it makes sense! In these hard times between a global pandemic and all the bad things going on around the world, people are looking back at the good, normal times. It’s worth noting that while the main game itself has been revamped and has become more modern, another version “Old school” Runescape exists for veterans or players that enjoy looking back at the game when it was first released. We want to feel like we’re still living during those years, before everything got fucked over.
It is not a game for everyone, I must say, but if you give it a chance, you will find a gem that can keep you entertained for many hours for free. And if you enjoy the game, you can pay a decent fee for thousands and thousands of extra hours of content. By today’s standards, that is a lot.
So, if you want to experience what I am talking about, click here to enjoy the vast world of Gielinor. And if you are looking for a friend to hang out with, add me on Napxter! I haven’t played a lot lately, I’m just finishing moving in at my new place but I will try to join you in your new adventure. I’m sure you will enjoy it.