My not so triumphant return to Multi-player

First my story, and second my question to the community members (feel free to skip to the question if you like).

My story:
I haven't played a multiplayer game since Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight back in high school. I got sick of sucking too much to have fun in a multi-player match and I could easily console myself with the justification that I really only played video games for the single player story line anyway. And I was content for 8 years.

Then I listened to a GWJ podcast where they said a lot of good things about Warhawk and I bit the bullet and bought it. Now I've been loving it, and I can't wait till Orange Box comes out for PS3 (but wait I will) so that I can play some Team Fortress II (the GWJ guys did a great job talking that up too).

So after 8 years I'm back in the multi-player jungle and can't get enough. I still suck, but I'm having fun. I think both Warhawk and TF2 appeal to me because they are games where my kill count can be low but I can still help my team succeed.

Now My question:
What game or games brought you back to a genre or gametype that you had previously abandoned?

*Update*
Alternate Question
Has a game ever turned you off to an entire genre or gametype?

Team Fortress 2 brought me back to Online FPS. Last FPS game I played was Counter Strike and before that basically every Quake Game that came out. But then a MMO grabbed me and since then, that's all I played for about 6 years now.

Since I played a lot of the original TF back then I had to give TF2 a try and it's just amazing! And even better when playing with goodjers!

TF2, I'm guessing this will be a popular answer. I haven't really played online multiplayer FPS' very much. I logged some time in UT2k4, just not enough to develop any skills. I played the original COD and enjoyed that, but never really found folks I knew who played it so I lost interest. So far TF2 has been a real hoot. I certainly wouldn't call myself good at it, but at least I can feel myself on a learning curve. So when I'm surrounded with good team players I can make a decent contribution to a team. This just increases the fun.

Other than that, Civ4 brought me back to RTS which I had played sparingly in the past (Warcraft II) but not much since. I really got into it, so much so that I uninstalled it after spending TOO much time with it. I expect I'll come back to it soon, especially since my SO also has a copy installed on her laptop.

I recently played TLJ w/ my SO, but I wouldn't say it brought me back to the adventure genre as there just haven't been interesting titles out.

Yeah, Team Fortress 2 is the only MP game I've played since we had Unreal Tournament 2k3 matches here in GWJ.

It's just really good. I can't imagine it being that good on Xbox.

Welcome back to the darkside Amazing Zoidberg!

I originally came into multiplayer back in 2002 with Socom: US Navy Seals (PS2). That game pretty much solidifed my realization that I'm a hardcore gamer and I've been loving online shooters ever since.

Sam & Max brought me back to the Adventure gaming genre after Quest for Glory V...though there wasn't much to speak of in between (Yes, Yes, Longest Journey is in my pile).

I'm still waiting on a game to bring me back to the RTS genre. I feel like the settings are all too played out. Starcraft 2 will likely bring me back.

I'll just state my status as "potentially" woo-able back to the RTS and MMORPG genres. I've never really taken a break from FPS-style games, but the others are in a rut, and have been for a while.

CivIV brought me back to the erm... Civ genre Idem for TF2, hadn't played multi since sucking in CS for too long to have any fun.

Rise of Nations brought me back to RTS, but only briefly. I'm just not fast enough to cope

Multiplayer was allways MMORPG's for me. Untill i recently quit WoW after a years in UO and EQ.

I was never into FPS's that much untill TF2. TF2 has renewed my love for all other games than RPGs

It seems like TFII is bringing a lot of wanderers back into the FPS Multi-Player fold.

This thread has raised an interesting alternate question which I'll edit into the original post...

Has a game ever turned you off to an entire genre or game-type?

Besides being occasionaly annoyed with some JRPGs there's been nothing to make me turn my back on certain type of game.

I don't know if it's considered brought back, but Unreal Tournament got me involved with it altogether... that is when my computer could handle it way back then.

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Has a game ever turned you off to an entire genre or game-type?

I don't know if I can say it was a *bad* game, but I got really excited for Warcraft 3 and bought it on release day. Then, after playing it for a couple of days and just not having any fun at all, I traded it in for an RPG or FPS that I enjoyed more. Civ IV was the next strategy game I played, but apparently I have my genres mixed. Can someone un-confuse me as the difference between RTS games and Civ games?

I've also not really gotten into MMORGs, but I'm not sure I can say a bad experience w/ a certain game brought that on. I played Eve for a summer and it was OK, but it seemed a bit of a grind and I didn't find regulars to play with, so I canceled my subscription.

Well an RTS is a real-time strategy game. Civ is turn-based. Meaning you can fix yourself a snack without needing to pause the game.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Well an RTS is a real-time strategy game. Civ is turn-based. Meaning you can fix yourself a snack without needing to pause the game.

Much appreciated, thanks. Sometimes I just have stupid questions

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Has a game ever turned you off to an entire genre or gametype?

After the revamp in SWG I came very close to swearing I would never touch another MMO. I couldn't understand how something so wonderful could go to something so crap that fast when the player base was completely against it.

Oso wrote:
AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Has a game ever turned you off to an entire genre or game-type?

I don't know if I can say it was a *bad* game, but I got really excited for Warcraft 3 and bought it on release day. Then, after playing it for a couple of days and just not having any fun at all, I traded it in for an RPG or FPS that I enjoyed more.

Hell yeah. Warcraft 3 was really mediocre. I think it just killed the genre for me.

SupCom brought me back to RTS, but then TF2 took me away lol!!! i only play TF2 now and nothing else, i had to play some bf2 with my clan last night but after the 2nd no cause/no reason given crash i told em LATER not playing this crap anymore and then i quickly loaded up TF2 for nice solid fragging fun.

Warcraft III killed RTS for me also. Although to be fair I don't know if it was Warcraft, or if it was just a case of overdosing on the genre. I played the Warcraft, C&C and Starcraft series in a short period of time. I'm just completely done with the whole gather, build, attack, repeat play style of the RTS.

Multiplayer killed RTS games for me. I think they can be just fine so long as the story's worth playing. WC3 was an exception to my usual rule against the genre.

Trophy Husband wrote:

I'm just completely done with the whole gather, build, attack, repeat play style of the RTS.

Some of them have notably done away with the "gather" part. I highly suggest checking out Company of Heroes. There's a demo.

As for Warcraft III, well it didn't kill RTS games for me.. but it certainly did kill Warcraft for me

Well, Final Fantasy VIII killed JRPG genre for me. Since then I never tried another JRPG until I decided to get FFXII and I played for like 3 hours and never touched it again.

WC3 about did me in until i discovered the DOTA mod. Then i was hooked all over again.

KillTrash wrote:

Well, Final Fantasy VIII killed JRPG genre for me. Since then I never tried another JRPG until I decided to get FFXII and I played for like 3 hours and never touched it again.

Although it's not surprising VIII that that killed the genre for you (given the general response to VIII by just about everybody), I will always have a soft spot in my heart for that title because it was the first JRPG I ever played and it actually brought me into the genre. I played VII soon after which kept me hooked but VIII was the one that dragged me in.

Battlefield 2 brought me back with a vengeance to FPS games. I tooled with Counterstrike a while back and Unreal Tournament 4 but not with the energy I played BF2 and then BF2142.

World of Warcraft brought me to MMORPGs after I swore I would never play MMORPGs ever again after my crappy Everquest experiences. After quitting WoW finally and it took Vanguard to get me back. Now I'm taking a break again and waiting for Pirates of the Burning Seas or Age of Conan.

I've never strayed far from RTS or Strategy games so never had issues with those genres. Still think World in Conflict is a revolutionary RTS game and will change that genre from now on.

I never play Sports games and never really did in the past either.

Guitar Hero is the only reason I still even turn on my PS2 anymore.

Hey, Thread of the Week on the podcast, good job

I hadn't played an adventure game since Grim Fandango but over the past week I've played through the first season of Sam and Max and it's been really enjoyable. Definitely going to check out the next season.