5 Years of Memories
I've been playing Warframe for 5 years now. I've seen the game evolve since Update 8 back in 2013 with less than 2 million players. I was lucky enough to find the game and become a Founder. I didn't know how long the game would last, but I decided the game was worth founding. I actually hated the art style of the game in the beginning, but over time I came to love it dearly. When I started, there were only 13 Warframes, the only 2 Prime's were Excalibur Prime and Frost Prime. I remember grinding for Trinity, it took 40+ runs because you weren't guaranteed a Warframe part for killing a boss. The parts were pink orbs that were dropped upon death and you had to pick them up or you didn't get it. Heaven forbid the pink orb fell out of the map. Councilor Vay Hek was just a yellow Grineer Trooper with a Hek instead of a Strun. Captain Vor was just a bright red Grineer Flameblade that used a Prova, before the Prova was even a weapon.
I remember when they changed the UI to the dynamic one we have now. I remember the floating-in-space Arsenal, the old school models of bosses and the 3 tilesets in the game. I remember when the first new tilesets came out that reflected the planets we were fighting on. When Auras were added, then Exilus mods. When they removed the Warframe ability mods and made them unlockable through leveling a Warframe and freeing up mod space. When they added the Orbiter, Archwings, Kubrows, and Kavats. My Kubrow, Lex Talionis, died when Kubrows were first released, and we became part of the 501st, the 501 Kubrows that died permanently. I was there when they added clans to the game, then Alliances, and the clans waged war over domination of the Dark Sectors, now the Dark Sectors are quiet.
When Bullet Jump was an ability called Super Jump that only Excalibur had. When Radial Javelin was Excalibur's ultimate. When the Acrid and Ogris were the kings of Warframe, then the Boltor Prime, Soma, and Soma Prime. When Nitain Extracts, Tellurium, Oxium, Cyrotic, and Kuva didn't exist. When you didn't need Endo to level up a mod because it didn't exist. When Phobos, Lua, and Europa didn't exist. When the Sergeant was on Mars and dropped Mag, and when Ambulas on Pluto dropped Excalibur. When there used to be a Stamina bar and the Zorencopter. When there were no Stances or combos for melee weapons. When there were no Junctions, no Cetus, no Fortuna, no Zaws, no Kitguns, no MOA pets, no Relays, no Baro Ki'Teer, and no trading. Before there was Prime Access I was there.
There were no Void Relics, you had to have a Void Key to enter the Void to get Prime parts. When Loki was a starter Warframe, not Volt. Banshee used to drop from missions on Mercury. Volt dropped from the J2000 Golem, and Phorid had a dedicated planet and node to farm him whenever you wanted Nyx. Invasions, Sorties, Arbitrations, and Quests didn't exist. Warframe had no story when I started, there was no lore, and no Codex as well. Raid missions no longer exist now. Exterminate missions had a set number of enemies, once you killed everyone, that ship was silent with just you on it. Then they added Survival, Excavate, Rescue, Spy, and Interception mission types. They added the Nightmare missions and the Orokin Derelict with the Vaults.
I've made tons of friends through Warframe, some I never talk to anymore, but still have memories nevertheless. I've even met someone I played with in real life, and got to know him pretty well. I've seen a lot of good come out of this game's community. I've seen how wonderful a playerbase can be and how no matter in the world we are, we are willing to talk and listen to another and help each other out. I've spent hours just sitting in my Orbiter or a Dojo just talking with people.
Pictured is my Excalibur Prime, my main Warframe, with a Tiberon Prime assault rifle. My 'Havoc' loadout, the one that gets me through thick and then.
All in all, I'm thankful for Warframe and the 5 years of memories.