MMOHut, "Sony Online Entertainment was one of the earliest pioneers of the MMORPG industry. Their first MMORPG, EverQuest, set a new standard by offering a huge 3D virtual world to explore. Before EQ, MMORPGs were either text based, or had 2D graphics. At that time, the monthly subscription was king. It was in fact a vast improvement over the previous payment model. Earlier MMORPGs like Meridian 59 actually had hourly fees! And they weren’t cheap..."