What is a good MMORPG to start out with for someone new to that type of gaming community?
I'd almost recommend WoW but there's far too many traps to fall into as a new player such as 'perks guilds', being mass-invited to them, hostility when asking serious questions and a general lack of willingness to do things with other people. However if you go on the official forums and set yourself up an account, you can find players who would love to help you and get you into the game. Some may even invite you to a genuine newcomer's guild and there you'll find everything you need.
There's loads of MMORPGs out there but every single one has its ups and nosedives. With WoW there's a new expansion coming out and there's loads of controversy, so it's up to you if you want to get involved but be prepared for flak and bad first impressions. I started out in that game when the community was apparently really good, so now I'm not so sure what to recommend.
For now I'll say Guild Wars 2 and the upcoming Wildstar.
I hope you find what you're looking for, and a big welcome from an MMORPG player!
Guild Wars 2 is a good option if you're short on cash (no monthly fee) but in terms of kindness to newcomers, I'd have to recommend World of Warcraft. It's refined to such a degree that everything feels natural, and there are enough features available to help you if you get stuck. You can generally avoid mean people if you stay out of the trade chat and pvp.
There are heaps of games in this genre, no doubt about that. I would stick to the more casual MMOs before, if you haven't had a taste of the genre before I think Guild Wars 2 or World of Warcraft are a mistake because the amount of depth when you are new can be disheartening and neither of them are free (well WoW is up to level 15 or 20 I think).
I'd stick to RuneScape or MapleStory. Both have been online for years and are simple MMOs that are much easier to get into in my opinion.
I like Runescape. Its free option is great with lots of things you can do and at £5 a month I don't think it to expensive if you want to take it further.
When you first start you are taken through a tutorial which will help you get into the game.
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