I have quite a few draft posts sitting in my blogger… I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately. However, I feel that the time to post something is when my feelings about the subject are at their apex… meaning that I don’t want to halfheartedly write something just to put out, I want it to tie in with my life and present a vivid topic for readers.
Naturally, when one has lots of things to do, one looks at the things that have passed. It truly isn’t until you are done with a project till you start to miss the whole experience. As an atypical internet user, this happens to me all the time.
When I first experienced the internet in 3rd grade, I thought that it was a huge void; The web-surfer against a sea of data and machines. No, I was wrong… well perhaps at that time my thoughts were accurate but things have dramatically changed. When I was 9 years old, there was no instant messaging. The only way to communicate your thoughts across the web was to make a web page and email. Fascinated by this technology, I learned basic HTML at the age of 9 and proceeded to make a Pokemon web page.
Some people use the internet and computers to play games. I use technology to create, to interact, to live an alternate parallel life that is only possible online.
And thus it truly began when I was 12 years old. At the time I loved Sonic The Hedgehog (I still do) and was excited at the newly debuting Sonic X anime in Japan. Following this news closely eventually led me to my first internet forum, a place where Sonic X subbers and speculators gathered. To fit in, I adopted a screen name, “Ultimate Sonic,” which would live on until year 2006. I enjoyed talking with the forum’s inhabitants, but more importantly, I was able to share their knowledge and ideas.
I began to draw Sonic soon after. The forum had given me all sorts of ideas… to make animations, musical remixes, comics, or full fledged games of my favorite video game hero. Drawn to a website called the Angel Island Shrine at the age of 13, I met my first internet superior. I became good friends with the owner KnucklesGirl, later known as Teknomiku and began to work at her forum as moderator. This was my first experience holding up internet “justice” if you will. As I learned more how to draw, I also gained valuable knowledge about troublemakers on the internet. One time I recall my boss mentioning something called “Ragnarok Online.” I wasn’t sure what that was and what an MMORPG was…
Unfortunately I was delayed checking this out. My summer was plagued by Dial-Up internet due to a move. During this time I experimented alot with DarkBasic and Multimedia Fusion, becoming slightly proficient in making basic platform games and 3D animation with MilkShape 3D.
At last, the fateful day came when I was able to boot up Ragnarok Online. I was in awe at the sheer amount of human players surrounding me! While playing on the EuphRO server, I made one friend named Shona. However, my experience was shortlived. EuphRO unfortunately collapses due to an arguement between the admins. Thus, I experienced the power of server admins, and the effects of mad server management.
However, I was drawn into the world of Ragnarok. I fled to a server known to accepting players of many dead servers, AnimaRO. Determined to play by my own style and make a bunch of friends, I decided on a goal: To form my own guild. I was hoping to make it after I transcended, but one day as I trained in the prisons with a friend called “D,” I decided to start early. D convinced me that the best time to be with friends is when you are grinding at high levels.
Now 14 years old, I don what would become my trademark Captain’s Hat to become Captain Ultimate Sonic, Leader of the Twilight Nekos! D was the first one in the guild, but I had to really recruit people. I went down to South Prontera to prepare to meet lots of players and set up a chat for recruiting. The exact words that I typed escapes me, but it said something along the lines of “Recruiting Friendly People!” I still remember the two players who joined first: Hediki, and SnowZ. Both stayed with the Twilight Nekos for a very long time. What can I say happened next? We grew; we were a close-knit happy guild. There were fun times, sad times, and plain old good times as the guild sat around the headquarters (or hatwaters due to someone’s horrible spelling) in Morroc Inn. Ultimate Sonic virtually set up his own government within the guild, including two of his close and most trusted members, senel64 and Mythos the Pirate, in the Chamber of Elites, the board that voted on major guild decisions.
Alas, AnimaRO was becoming plagued by hackers after the death of its server admin and its incompetant replacement. Fearing for the guild’s safety, Captain Ultimate Sonic called for an emergency evacuation to another server… a strangely familiar one by the name of… EuphRO. 90% Of the members moved over, the ones who didn’t had good reason. Loyalty within the Twilight Nekos was 100%. After prospering for 2 years however, the guild finally ended as most of its members got ready to enter college. The passion of the Twilight Nekos is gone, but continues to live on. Appropriately, though Ultimate Sonic’s Captain’s hat no longer rests on his head, it resides safely in the Kafra Storage, rather than being thrown away.
At 17 years old now, I am focusing mostly on school. I’m not even an adult yet, but I feel like I have truly lived on the internet, a huge difference from my experiences in 3rd grade. It seems like every time I undergo a huge project online, I have a name change to reflect my changing interests and moods.
While I continue my neverending search for a project, I can’t help but think about the great experiences I have had in the past, and the times I shared with people. Who knows what else is in store?
Once in a while, I run into people I have worked or played with before over the internet. I’ve seen a few of my old guild members floating around on GAIA Online or on Myspace. I recently found my boss from the Angel Island Shrine as a newly hired GM on EuphRO under the name, Zaya. But I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised… After all, it really is a small Internet.