Runescape launched in 2001 and was free-to-play before it was cool. For better or worse, it was the first MMO experience many gamers ever had.
And a 2007 version of runescape, ah, probably the only version that was playable. the way it is now its strange they didnt go bancrupt yet. then again tibia has been drowning in its own puss since 2008 as well and its still alive. so, can i dig back my old account for that version?
My thoughts exactly. I stopped being a member right about the middle/end of 2007, right before they really messed with the core formula: Getting rid of full item drop upon death (minus 1-3 items, of course), getting rid of the Wild, getting rid of the FREAKING ECONOMY (mostly).
It was such an addictive time sink that I might just try out it out again. If I can use my old account, even better.
Ideologically, Jagex deserves my money for making the smart decision to bring back the best version. That said, I'm also a bit lazy.
Still, like others, Runescape was my first MMO, and made it far easier to not get addicted to other, more expensive MMOs like World of Warcraft (overhyped shit, in other words).