PSO on Dreamcast was a revelation once I was in high school
Posted May 5,2020 in Other.
PSO on Dreamcast was a revelation once I was in high school. I'd played with Diablo at friends' houses and read about MMO games such as Everquest and Ultima Online in magazines, about how addictive they are or the wacky antics players would get up toPhantasy Star Online 2 Meseta in an internet, social environment. As a young console gamer who wouldn't have access to some PC for years ahead, these experiences stayed firmly outside of my grasp.
Nowadays video games are a hobby I turn to when I'm craving solitude, but back then multiplayer has been the ultimate attribute. From Streets of Rage 2 on the Genesis and Turtles in Time on the SNES, to Goldeneye on the N64 and SoulCalibur on the Dreamcast, sofa multiplayer experiences were invaluable because they were so infrequent and difficult for individuals kids of the 90s to successfully organize. What if you could have that experience of gambling with friends on faucet, available your parents were away in the phone? It was new territory.
And then PSO came out. A Diablo for consoles, with a number of the recognizable JRPG trappings we had come to appreciate in preceding generations, and it frees our own lives. I recall waking up a couple of hours early on college days in order to benefit from the fact my parents seldom had to make calls in the morning, sitting in class writing out lists of accomplishing in-game targets for the day / week / month, only dying to get home and play some more. MMOs, it appeared, were equally as all-consuming and wonderful I had been led to think.
Or were they? And I liked WoW well enough, but tbh its biggest appeal was that my buddies were playing with it. Like PSO did it did not catch me, and I fell off soon after finishing the Lich King articles to my satisfaction. I had an identical encounter with Diablo III, like it was still fun to play with friends but I could never shake the feeling that I markedly less engaged than the people with whom I was playing.
By the time PSO2 in NA was actually, for real announced at E3 last year, I had more or less accepted that online multiplayer RPGs were not actually for me anymore. Perhaps I'd aged out of the genre, perhaps I had come to favor shorter, single player experiences to massively multiplayer loot slogs, maybe my fond memories of PSO had topso2 buying meseta do with the context of its launch than anything else. But nostalgia for this large school PSO obsession ensured that I would be the proud owner of a gradient Xbox One S by the end of June.