News broke less than a month ago that two MMORPGs originally developed by Turbine, The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online, were getting a new lease on life as development moving forward would be handled by Standing Stone Games.
Unfortunately, Turbine’s first game, Asheron’s Call, wasn’t picked up.
Asheron’s Call, which arrived in 1999, has been running non-stop ever since. As Polygon notes, Turbine stopped adding new content in 2014 but still kept the servers running. It has since been revealed that Asher’s Call is getting the axe on January 31, 2017 and that’s bad news for one loyal fan.
A recently posted YouTube video from the channel We Sleep Talk chronicles a 74-year-old “Grandpa” who has been playing the game since 1999. Although less than four minutes long, it’s clear that the senior-aged gamer really enjoys playing the MMORPG. When asked what he’ll miss the most, he says, “a time that I can call my own” and adds that it was a great time when he had it.
The clip, which has racked up nearly a million views in less than a week, really speaks to the importance that video games can have in a person’s life – regardless of age.
Here’s to hoping that Grandpa finds a suitable replacement that doesn’t look like “crap.” Perhaps Shirley Curry, the 80-year-old grandmother that has amassed more than six million followers on YouTube thanks to her streaming antics, could recommend a title or two?