1. What MMORPG(s) do you play?
Lord of the Rings Online, at the moment.
Before that: Ragnarok Online (1 year), Anarchy Online (2 years), Voyage Century (3 months), Pirates of the Burning Sea (6 months), EVE (1 month total), ROSE Online (2 months), Saga of Ryzome (4 months)
2. How long have you been playing?
LOTRO: 18ish months. MMOs in general: since I was 15 so...6 years.
3. Roughly how many hours do you play each week?
It varies. I'm on a campaign to keep myself within reasonable play times, but it still amounts to 20ish hours a week when I'm enjoying myself too much.
4. What was your reason for starting?
I liked the idea of playing with other real people. That and I liked the idea of a world actually being properly populated with characters that had unpredictable behaviour.
5. What is your reason for continuing to play?
It's fun, social, and satisfies the need to explore a world that isn't the one I know.
6. Do you feel that you are 'addicted' to the game? Could you quit today and not go back? Explain.
Sometimes. It's why I've stopped playing them for a couple of months (and yet, surprise surprise, I'm off playing an RPG that's similar to an MMO anyway). I usually start feeling addicted when I can't seem to just walk away from the computer regardless of what I'm doing or I start feeling overly obligated to my guildmates. That's what I kinda hate about MMORPGs. No pause button.
It's possible. I've discovered that I can keep myself busy enough without playing. Eventually I'd miss it a little bit or at least miss the people I left behind. Would I quit MMOs forever? No. Especially because I want to be one of the guys that does concept art for such games.
7. Have you ever been a GM? (Guild master)
Yes. Never again. I got to experience how much bitching goes on when a GM is around. And then...I got all these nice super powers. Let's just say that without actual real life rammifications...I...might have...cheated in PvP a bit just to piss people off.
Edit: Wait. GUILD master. Oops. No. I've never actually led a guild and I wouldn't. I'm not too great at leading people to do social activities. I'd just end up letting them all do whatever and then get stressed out at having to dicipline people.
8. What is the best part of online gaming?
New content. That's the best part. The virtual guarantee (because otherwise the company wouldn't get money) that there will be reasonably scheduled new content. With other games, you don't necessarily get that if the game does not easily support user generated content (ie. modding).
9. How different from your real-life self is your online personality?
My brother has observed and told me I'm funnier, more confident, and more articulate in the intellectual arena when I talk to him online. So, odds are, I'm me, but MORE of me. Like the me I am in real life when I'm actually feeling utterly safe, relaxed, and accepted. Those conditions occur so rarely that other people just don't see it much. My brother doesn't see it much because he teases me so much that I end up feeling rather embarrassed for myself whenever I'm around him--plus he's super freaking smart and I know he could outwit me in a debate and that makes me a little nervous sometimes.
10. What is your MBTI type?