A lot of people play RuneScape: Enough to earn a world record, anyway

I clearly just don’t get RuneScape. Some time ago, at the insistence of a younger cousin (who played the free MMO religiously), I gave the game a shot, and was subsequently unimpressed. Maybe my standards were just set too high, used to the level of quality in higher-profile MMOs that come attached with a monthly fee.

Well, despite whatever kept me from getting into it, there seem to be a lot of people that did. The Guinness Book of World Records has determined RuneScape to be the world’s largest free-to-play MMORPG.

Player numbers released by developer Jagex show that there are over one million paying subscribers, and another five million playing for free. In addition, they also claim that over 138 million people have tried the game since launch. Damn, those are some pretty impressive numbers!

Have you ever tried RuneScape before? If so, what did or did not keep you coming back for more?

Justin Villasenor