January 26, 2022

A masterpiece in the early days of Japanese online RPGs

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The day when the DC version of “Phantasy Star Online” was released. A masterpiece in the early days of Japanese online RPGs that made everyone excited about adventures with strangers [What day is it today? ]

At 23:00, the adventure on the planet Lagool begins

Twenty-one years ago, December 21, 2000, was the day when ” Phantasy Star Online ” for Dreamcast (DC) was released.

” Phantasy Star Online ” is an online RPG released by Sega. Originally it was one of the ” Phantasy Star ” series that appeared as Sega’s first RPG, but now it is popular among game fans as an online game (network game), so it is said to be the first work of the ” PSO ” series. It may be easier to understand.

It is also a work that has made a name for itself in the history of games as a pioneer of online games on home video game consoles, so many users may not have been completely addicted to the fun of online games for the first time in this work. Is it? At that time, I remember playing so crazy that I forgot to sleep and eat. I had a tremendous influence on my life because I still interact with friends on the internet who I met through “PSO” without knowing their faces.

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “PSO” is “Telehodai”. I’m sorry to say that it’s not a game, but the dial-up connection is the norm in the general network environment at that time, and it’s a dream to always connect. In short, while playing online games, I was on the phone all the time, and it was scary because the call charges were high. In fact, some editors were dented by too much billing.

Telehodai was a monthly service that allows you to make unlimited calls from 23:00 to 8:00 the next morning, so you used this telehotime to play down “PSO” as much as possible. Therefore, it seems that most of the online players tended to sleep late at night. However, I can no longer enjoy the frustrating and exciting feeling just before 23:00, so it can be said that it is an important memory now.

At that time, multiplayer through the network was just fresh. I don’t think there are many people who feel that kind of thing these days when a lot of people participate in competitive play, but at that time, I was thrilled just to act with people I didn’t really know. That’s why I went on adventures over and over again, and there were times when many people gathered in the lobby to chat and chat until morning.

It wasn’t a game where you could change classes freely, so there were many people who trained and played with many characters. I started with the male android Hugh cast, but I remember that the female characters operated by other players became cute and enviable, and I immediately switched to Fonuel and Reycasir.

The mysterious story of gradually investigating based on the message left by the missing new generation hero “Rico of the Red Ring” was also interesting. It’s pretty simple when I think about it now, but it may have been interesting to inflate various imaginations.

On June 7, 2001, ” Phantasy Star Online Ver2 ” with new elements added was released as a Dreamcast. After that, it was ported to various hardware such as PC, GameCube, Xbox, and gained a lot of new fans.

The latest work in the series is ” PSO2 New Genesis, ” which was released in June 2021. This is a title that you can play for free, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, you should check it out right away.

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