I've been playing online games for well over 10yrs now, The very first game that got me hooked was rogue spear. There was just something about that game, it didn't matter if i played on mplayer,zone, hell even gamespy. Everything felt so personal and felt so mechanically right. I remember back on mplayer playing 10-12hr matches for first place.. the entire lobby would be sitting outside waiting to see who won. Matching actually had purpose and meaning. It wasn't like the games of today. There was an actual sense of a community, everyone knew everyone and it was such a great feeling to be #1 or beat someone that is in very high regard.
Clans had a meaning, I was lucky enough to be in multiple #1 clans on pretty much every major ladder before i ended up quitting.
I always felt the perfect game would be a new and improved RS. Add your purty graphics if you want to. But keep the core about the same. The game speed was perfect, it was a great mix of run n gun and also sniping/camping. It was very very tactical and required not only skill but quick thinking and overall control of a given situation.
The thing that destroyed RS IMO were the cheats, by the time xgn came out RS was already on its last leg and then even the patches became corrupted by its own maker.
I would love to have those moments of gameplay again. Where your palms get sweaty and your heart is beating a million MPH, knowing the entire match is depending on you vs 1 or more people.
I want the feeling of an actual community again, not just random LAN games.. but a place with a lobby and people.. like Mplayer or Zone used to be. LAN is just too impersonal for my likings.
Anyway, keep up the good work guys and keep fighting the good fight!