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#52 Dec 10 2011 at 10:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am 60. I played this game when it 1st came out. Used to be a full guide for nearly 3 years. Then i quit for many years came back for a few months quit again. Now i am back once more on a server i was a guide on :)


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#53 Dec 11 2011 at 4:45 PM Rating: Good
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Overlooking a necro post since the person is older than I am.
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#54 Dec 12 2011 at 6:10 AM Rating: Good
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Overlooking a necro post since the person is older than I am.


Hmm ,That means you should be between 49-59 years old...thats not so old.Smiley: smile
#55 Dec 13 2011 at 3:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Just turned 69 here, been playing since 2000. Very casual player, my highest is 70 Troll SK on Stromm. On Fennon I have 19 toons, all in mid 60's, 3 accounts I often 3-box, since I am usually on at all kinds of unholy hours, even when I do get on. Like they say, it's the journey!

Hey, Jonwin and Jophiel, it is good to see you are still out there!

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#56 Dec 13 2011 at 8:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just turned 69 here, been playing since 2000. Very casual player, my highest is 70 Troll SK on Stromm. On Fennon I have 19 toons, all in mid 60's, 3 accounts I often 3-box, since I am usually on at all kinds of unholy hours, even when I do get on. Like they say, it's the journey!

Hey, Jonwin and Jophiel, it is good to see you are still out there!

take care


Which goes to my theory that not everyone began playing EQ when they were kids/teens. I think I mentioned this elsewhere but I was invited to play EQ by two friends from IRC. *They* had been brought into the game by one's sister/brother-in-law who were EQ Beta testers. Never having played (or heard of) MMORPGs at the time, and knowing my friends from a 21+ IRC channel, I "assumed" only adults were in EQ. Needless to say when I was asked by a random toon in (then) West Commons to be his gf, followed immediately by "How old r u? I'm 12." I was a bit discombobulated to say the least. Smiley: eek

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#57 Dec 14 2011 at 5:25 PM Rating: Good
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Joph usually posts to run up his count. Afraid someone is gaining? Still he has some good comments. Except when being a gadfly.

I havent played since June, but the urge is getting stronger.
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#58 Oct 25 2012 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
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54 Here playing since 2000.
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#60 Oct 25 2012 at 2:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm 22. Firiona Vie general chat would have me believe the average age is 16.
#61 Oct 25 2012 at 3:01 PM Rating: Good
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I'm 22. Firiona Vie general chat would have me believe the average age is 16.


I have experienced the general chat on at least four servers...I agree, your comment is valid for all those ;-)

Moved to FV this summer, Jonwin...move something over here...
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#62 Oct 26 2012 at 8:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Interestingly, I recently happened across this quote in a fashion magazine. I clipped the article but threw away the magazine so I can't say with certainty which one it is from, but this is the direct quote:

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POWER PLAYS

Once dominated by adolescents, online games are getting a face lift and becoming relaxation and entertainment for a booming and trendy female demographic.

WHO'S GAMING: Women are venturing into the gaming world in record numbers. "According to our recent survey, 71 percent of women playing computer games are 40 and older," says Jason Kapalka, co-founder and chief creative officer of PopCap Games. The survey showed that 88 percent of female gamers said they play to relieve stress, and 74 percent identified mental exercise as a significant benefit.

WHY IT WORKS: The games plug into sporadic pockets of time, granting access to a virtual world that provides cognitive exercise. Progress saves automatically, eliminating the need to restart. According to psychologist and author Dr. Carl Arinoldo, "Casual nonviolent word and puzzle computer games can also develop new cellular brain connections, keeping the brain healthy, active, and vital."


To be fair, that study is highly misleading because many market analysts lump social games (like FarmVille and other Facebook games) in the 'online gaming' category. That muddies the waters significantly because the driving force of social gaming.....has been women. That has not been the case with MMOs, at any point in their history. Given some MMOs and their subtle misogynistic underpinnings, that would stand to reason. With the Asian design style catching on in the West (Runes of Magic, TERA, Aion, etc), that trend shows no sign of abating. In every GDC since something like 2005 or so, there is almost always a panel on how to attract women to MMOs (not 'online gaming', MMOs, due to the obfuscation of the category by the mainstream press) and how that is the next untapped market since the MMO population seems to have leveled out (new games cannibalize older games, they don't often bring new people to the genre).

To answer the OP question, I'm 39 and I am an unabashed multiboxer. I've been playing EQ since Thanksgiving Day of '99 (played Gemstone, TheRealm, Meridian59, and Ultima Online prior to that) though I didn't start boxing until much later (2005ish). Ironically, I got kind of tired of dealing with the issues that often come with grouping (fighting to a camp...and then the cleric or tank announces they have to go, people abusing the 'need before greed' rule, poorly geared tanks willfully stepping into situations they know they can't handle, etc) so I rolled a warrior to complement my cleric main (at the time). I'd fill the group with LFG friends and not care what classes they were (since I already had the keystone pair). It kinda snowballed from there when I'd make an alt on one of the three accounts, really like the class and then split it off onto a new account. It also allowed me to help folks with older content that no one wants to do. Helped a cleric last week do her 1.0 from Ixiblat all the way to Ragefire (farming shards included). I also have a long list of epics for my own characters that I have to do and those will probably be piggybacked with others, wherever possible. All in all, I love the flexibility boxing allows me and every one of my clerics is better than their merc counterpart (same for my wizards and rogues and most of my tanks).

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I'm 22. Firiona Vie general chat would have me believe the average age is 16.


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I'm 22. Firiona Vie general chat would have me believe the average age is 16.


I have experienced the general chat on at least four servers...I agree, your comment is valid for all those ;-)

Moved to FV this summer, Jonwin...move something over here...


FV general has its moments. Like, we had an awesome discussion last night on the core mechanics of EQNext and how it relates to what's hot/acceptable in the industry. Someone misread an interview with Smed and thought he said EQNext would revolve around PvP. That struck me as backward, given the fact that they're expecting that game to actually do well, from a mainstream perspective (PvP games don't tend to do that). Most of the better discussions tend to happen late night though (the above happened around 2am or so this morning. Finalstand of F&F really knows his stuff).
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#63 Oct 26 2012 at 3:47 PM Rating: Good
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Inida wrote:
I'm 22. Firiona Vie general chat would have me believe the average age is 16.

In my opinion, the people blathering away in general here or in any game world are:
1) the ones that like to hear themselves talk or
2) those that need positive reinforcement to make decisions for themselves.

While these demographics probably skew towards Gen Y, it's unnecessarily discriminatory to blindly assign them to the teen age bracket. I mean, someone of any age can act immature, offensive, or needy. I generally play on Innoruuk/Nameless/EMarr and the general chat there is rarely offensive or stupidly immature. I haven't been on FV in a while now so I can't really make a comparison.

I find the whole phenomenon of 'general' chat rather interesting. I don't participate much anymore but I appreciate the fact that it's there because it lets me know that even though I may be in a zone by myself, I'm not alone in what is supposed to be a MMO. I found this true in Warcraft as well, especially when they made 'trade' chat only available in cities, leaving a virtual chat vacuum and making the rest of the world feel as empty as, well, EQ is.





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#64 Oct 27 2012 at 8:28 AM Rating: Good
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Always, But which one is the problem! Ranger or Cleric? Both are great boxing with Jonwin when I can get to elne clares computer. Are enough folks on 6 to 11 pm eastern to make it worth the one way trip?
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#65 Oct 29 2012 at 1:03 AM Rating: Good
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I'm 43. Most of the raid guild I'm in would be 30s or higher, maybe 1/3 in their 20s.

Few folks I run with in their 60s, oldest I know is in his mid 70s. While he's not the quickest ranja around, ****, I hope to be even playing at his age.
#66 Oct 29 2012 at 4:55 PM Rating: Decent
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31 here. Started in 2001. Father is 64 and started the same year.
#67 Nov 07 2012 at 4:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Started playing in 01, not as old as some of you but stopped playing for eq2 in 06 then by 07 stopped that too. I log on still about once every 2 months or so play for a few nights then stop playing again. I do miss logging in and having people to talk to.
I also always thought of eq as an irc + swords.
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#68 Nov 07 2012 at 6:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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Honestly, Alla-bot no one cares about whether or not it is a necro-post.



I find that funny because there was a time on this forum where the necro post would have been karma bombed and the poster flamed.

30 here been playing on and off since 2001.
#69 Nov 14 2012 at 10:41 AM Rating: Good
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Given how "quiet" these forums can be from time to time I'd suggest upping the necropost warning to 60 or 90 days.

I'm in my 50s and started playing in 2000 with my son, when he and a couple of his friends were 6 years old. Ironically they've all long since abandoned EQ but I'm still around. When the Silver account was introduced I found his old account and logged in just to see if his old toon was still there and sure enough it was. But he didn't care; heck I was much more nostalgic about it. Nostalgia is lost on the young, eh? ;)
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#70 Nov 16 2012 at 8:14 AM Rating: Good
Started playing when I was 17, am now 25, but recently stopped, despite it being Free-To-Play, 'cause I just got kinda...bored.

A lot of memories over the past 8 years, my first guild(Orbis Amicitia, which then merged into Legendary Bloodlines on Maelin Starpyre), weekly EQ sessions with some of the cool people here back in '07, a fairly memorable day where my aforementioned guild decided that, despite it being well below most of the members' levels, and not being a hotzone, that we had to bring as many people to Unrest as possible for no reason other than Unrest being one of the funnest zones in the game. That one time some guy challenged me to a duel, killed me outright, apologized and offered to move my corpse out of a dangerous area for me, and then proceeded to hide it in a distant corner of GFay behind a tree. I had to hire a ranger to find the **** thing for me...


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#71 Dec 01 2012 at 5:52 AM Rating: Good
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I am 63 and have been playing my druid main since 2000. Back then druids were top notch, dps, heals, buffs, kiting, porting, etc. I played in top level guilds until about 2 years ago when I finally burnt out on the every nite routine. I now box the druid, a zerker, mage and shaman - all 95 with max aa's. I regularly group with another old guildmate who is 65.
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I am 29. Started playing April 2000 when i was 17 (had to use my dads credit card!). Jumped around servers before settling in on EC'I. My main was a Warrior hence my name. Quit after the guild i was in beat Plane of Time as after Planes of Power expansion the original game was lost to me. It wasn't the same anymore.

Moved on to other games but could never quite got the same feeling that everquest first gave me when i started playing. I played EQ2 for years (started playing that in January 2005) a few months after release. It was fun but the only similarity was the name. Game was completely different. While i did my fair share of raiding in EQ2 it wasn't the same as EQ's raiding system.

Anyways after about an 8 year hiatus I am back! On the Tunare server which merged with EC'I back in the day. Unfortunately my original account was sold off shortly after i left the game in 2003 so i had to start fresh. But having so much fun levelling again. It really doesn't feel like a chore at all!
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That's too funny.... I ran past you last night (maybe Thursday?) on Tunare. I remember stopping and taking a second look, because I really liked you name!

Welcome back :) I also have taken numerous breaks, but have played on and off since 2000, though I was quite a bit older >then< than you are now ;)

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#76 Dec 16 2012 at 2:15 AM Rating: Good
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42. Played since Beta with exception to a short break in late '99 and a 2 year break from 2010 to 2012.
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35 here, playing since a month before college graduation in 1999. I created Anaksuaman on Bristlebane the day before graduation, then didn't really have time to play until a few weeks after. I recall being relatively young even then compared to some of my friends back then, so I imagine most would be in their 40s through 60s by now.
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I am 52, been around a long while. But, what was the question again? LOL HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!!!!
#79 Dec 25 2012 at 7:56 PM Rating: Good
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I bought the game in 99 for the kids and as a responsible parent I HAD to check it for content,,Been hooked ever since and play off and on over the years as well as a couple of the kids.Love thew game but get mad at what Sony does on occasion "for the games integrity",So at 56 have alot of ECI time,,err,,EQ time
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40 here, started back in 01, played till the end of 06. In 07 some coworkers got me into WoW where i stayed untill earlier this year. Just recently came back about 2 months ago and i'm so glad to be back.
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#81 Dec 27 2012 at 4:59 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok since there's some statistician in my blood...

I did a quick analysis of these posts and it looks like 31 people reported their age. (I had to ballpark a couple that were coy about exactness!) The average age is 42 and the median is 43. Median means the middle of a list of numbers. The mode (most common number) is 48.

The range is 22 to 69. The distribution looks like this (feel free to check my work!)

22 22 23 24 25 27 29 31 31 35 35 40 40 42 42 43 44 45 45 47 48 48 48 51 52 54 56 58 60 63 69

I know there are plenty of "older" players in EQ (me being one of them) but I didn't expect the average to be as high as 42. Of course, this is hardly a scientific sample and EQ players that regularly visit Allakhazam AND are inclined to post on forums would tend to be an older crowd, I suspect.

I would think an average player age in the 40s would be received with mixed feelings by Sony. The good news for them is that an older crowd would tend to have more money and therefore have more to spend on their entertainment. The bad news is most companies that market "general" entertainment like to see younger people in their customer base because it helps ensure future growth. Of course, 42 is hardly "old" and a 40-ish person has several decades of "entertainment pursuit" in their future, not to mention they probably remain on the upward path in terms of work advancement, pay increases and growth in disposable income. Plus as people age they tend to cut back on outdoor activities like rock climbing and scuba diving and be more inclined to enjoy activities virtually.... such as in a computer game!

Comments?

And anyone "passing thru" this thread please DO post your age! The bigger the sample the better!



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#82 Dec 27 2012 at 5:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Sippin wrote:
The average age is 42

Comments?


I think you're exactly right with the average age being more representative of those that post here as opposed to those in game. But the average in game may not be so far off. I frequently see chatter in General about how so-and-so started EQ as a teenager. Those teenagers are now 13 years older making them ~30 years old. EQ probably has little appeal to young gamers nowadays due to the dated graphics so the player population can do nothing but age.

An aging player base isn't terrible. Harley Davidson has the same issue to contend with but they still sell bikes.

edit: Here's hoping everyone has a very Happy New Year!

Edited, Dec 27th 2012 6:50am by Samatman
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