The Realm Online was my introduction to MMORPGs. It was the first one I ever played back in 1997 or 98 or so, and is really how I judge all other MMOs by comparing them to this one. From
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Realm_Online
The Realm Online, originally known simply as The Realm, is a second generation MORPG (multiplayer online role playing game). The Realm Online is still being played by a small number of players, and is known as one of the few MMORPGs that is still dial-up friendly and easy to playHere is a short video introduction to this game, and some history on it.
The Realm was launched in December 1996 for Windows PC It was designed in the tradition of graphical MUDs, before the popular usage of the terms "massively multiplayer" and "MMORPG"
Since this time, I've played many other MMOs. But for some reason I always think back to this game because it is where I started.