I recently decided to take a trip over to Runescape's website and log into the game to see what has changed. If you're not familiar with it, it's a sizeable massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for PC, which was originally launched back in 2001 and used Java. Now the game utilizes Java and C++ and has received many updates in the 11 years of my absence.

I, unfortunately, missed out on the original Runescape, joining in 2004 when Runescape 2 went live (which brought 3D graphics and other substantial upgrades), back when I was a teen in school. I don't even want to know the number of hours myself and friends lost to Runescape across multiple accounts — it would be well into the thousands.

The beauty of Runescape at that time was the low system requirements and incredibly addictive grind-like gameplay. The MMORPG makes full use of a skill system that requires experience points (EXP) to increase in levels, up to a total of 99 in each skill. Skills cover many areas, from combat to prayer, wood cutting to fishing, and smithing to crafting. There was enough content to keep all of us entertained, no matter which skill you preferred.

The community was massive. Servers were continuously filling up and mini-games had more than enough players for many rounds to be enjoyed. You could even hang out with other players and simply talk a load of nonsense while spending hours at a time mining iron for that juicy 100,000 gold coin for 1,000 units of ore trade. We enjoyed PK'ing (player killing), questing (at times), and general activity grinding to see who would be among the first to hit 99 in a skill.

You could set up a new account called "magicdong400xXx" because that's the limit of teenage creativity, grind resources, develop combat skills adhering to a specialist "pure" PK guide, make money, buy cool-looking gear (black trimmed addy armor anyone?), then lose it in the wilderness. Rinse and repeat, and yes that meant creating a new account because we wanted to test out new strategies (that sucked).

To my surprise, Runescape is still going strong and there's even a mobile version on the way. It's drawing in tens of thousands of players each and every day with servers holding hundreds of people.

So I logged in and selected a server to join.

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