RuneScape Historical Timeline 1998 - 2018

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Nearly 21 years doesn't go unnoticed. This is the list of the most important events throughout the Runescape history.
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2001 - 2:03
2002 - 7:26
2003 - 10:37
2004 - 14:12
2005 - 17:41
2006 - 19:10
2007 - 22:40
2008 - 25:29
2009 - 27:39
2010 - 29:59
2011 - 35:06
2012 - 37:27
2013 - 40:19
2014 - 46:17
2015 - 48:08
2016 - 49:57
2017 - 52:25
2018 - 56:00
This video won the 'RuneScape Video of the Year' Golden Gnome award at RuneFest 2019.
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  • i wonder how their parents felt when they realised thei children

    Phylippe Zimmermann PaquinPhylippe Zimmermann PaquinPäivä sitten
  • No one quits rs. Only log outs

    Mohon MeahMohon Meah3 päivää sitten
  • Wow.. What a walk down memory lane. And so many people that you used to hang with. getting some help from Halw Gnun in Fally, having Yogosun whining in the chat while running back and forth like an idiot for Larryr on Karamja.

    CharkelCharkel3 päivää sitten
  • This isnt a history of RuneScape. This is a HERstory of RuneScape lol didn't realize so many girls played

    Austin FranzAustin Franz4 päivää sitten
  • Holy shit where did the time go man? I remember logging it after school, messaging "sup" to all the boys that were on and spending hours in that little world. Good times I truly will cherish forever.

    The Reel TannerThe Reel Tanner4 päivää sitten
  • 👏👏👏 Very well made

    Spencer SSpencer S5 päivää sitten
  • I remember around 2010/2012 there was a tutorial with a dragon. And after you’d climb up a ladder to the adventure dude. Anyone else know what I’m talking about

    Palm TreesPalm Trees5 päivää sitten
  • 2006 runescape

    Jakub JurgaJakub Jurga6 päivää sitten
  • This was a great video.

    Russ FultzRuss Fultz6 päivää sitten
  • Brings back middle/ early high school before I had a gf lol single again and have been playing mobile for 2 years now off and one thanks for the early day memories.

    nick smithnick smith7 päivää sitten
  • Man this was a blast from my past. I actually remember running with Ladykilljoy in the wilderness they were toxic as fuck rofl.

    Zunde EsteedZunde Esteed7 päivää sitten
  • I was there

    Michał SokołowskiMichał Sokołowski8 päivää sitten
  • This just means that jagex fked up by making EOC. They lost millions in revenue. Especially when they had to bring back 2007 and it has 3x the amount of people than EOC.

    Sue ThaoSue Thao9 päivää sitten
    • The game are reaching record profit every single year. EOC was also an update, not the name of the game. It's called "RuneScape". :P It'd be like calling OSRS for "Kourend".

      rswillmissitrswillmissit9 päivää sitten
  • During the Gertjaar's era IRL friends would all Gertz eachother instead of gratz lol

    CensoredByJackCensoredByJack10 päivää sitten
  • Oh man, so many old names. So many memories. Absolutely legendary game.

    Doubleranged1Doubleranged111 päivää sitten
  • I remember my friend used to call it run-escape lol

    Saint DeezySaint Deezy12 päivää sitten
  • the dislike bar looks like a lit joint

    Richard VsqzRichard Vsqz14 päivää sitten
  • I never realized when I played back in 2001 it was the very beginning. Though I can say I had the privilege of being banned by bluerose13. I may have been part of the reason Dupe was banned in chat.

    Jhawk1441Jhawk144114 päivää sitten
  • What a legendary game

    Pantsu KINGPantsu KING15 päivää sitten
  • Joined in early 2008

    Jeffrey SweatJeffrey Sweat16 päivää sitten
  • You didn't mention that between October 2007 and January 2008, Jagex lost over 100k pay subscribers. In fact CWA and Bounty Hunter were a desperate attempt to stop the mass exodus. Runescape never saw mid 2007 numbers (up to 300k players at one time) ever again after that. They did get to 250k pre EoC though but then EoC ended that.

    Shadow JenkinsShadow Jenkins16 päivää sitten
    • @rswillmissit yeah i was thinking that it might be a bit of a stretch.

      Shadow JenkinsShadow Jenkins12 päivää sitten
    • @Shadow Jenkins I think 100k is also a little bit much. It's an awfully interesting read - but 1 visit on the webpage doesn't necessarily mean that 750k visitors are 750k players. It only means that all in all, the website was visited 750k over that time period. That's 25,000 visitors a day. The average player might visit the page for a lot of reasons... Every hiscore reload is a visit. Every forum thread. I think you're right thousands quit, but maybe not 100k. Especially not 100k paying ones. :P Thanks for sharing though!

      rswillmissitrswillmissit12 päivää sitten
    • @rswillmissit I'm not totally sure how accurate it is, im also low balling it myself, this says around 750k players stopped logging in, assuming they were not all paying, I'm going to say 100k. But lets be realistic, we both know peak RS was 2007, it all went down hill after. Btw i enjoy your content, I've been playing since April 2002 on classic, much of this stuff i didn't know myself lol. I believe you're working on a video on that guy who tried to scam Jagex? Can't wait for it.😁

      Shadow JenkinsShadow Jenkins16 päivää sitten
    • Hey! Do you have any source on the 100k member loss?

      rswillmissitrswillmissit16 päivää sitten
  • What a ride it has been

    IkarosIkaros16 päivää sitten
  • Normal RS players seem to be punished by the players that break the rules for years

    Taz ManiacTaz Maniac16 päivää sitten
  • 7:18

    RaitzuRaitzu21 päivä sitten
  • Runescape has the best soundtrack of any game.

    Nathan DomkeNathan Domke22 päivää sitten
  • My friends showed me Runescape in 2007 and it quickly became my favorite game.

    Elmar 25Elmar 2523 päivää sitten
  • For me, RuneScape died with the armour graphical update in 2012, and then the evolution of combat killed the game for me. All I can say is, fuck you Jagex, you updated the game to how you wanted it, not what the players wanted.

    KerberosKerberos25 päivää sitten
  • Side note, flipping is still a big thing that happens. Infact, I'de wager its easier now than it ever was.

    DJToMyHitsDJToMyHits25 päivää sitten
  • EOC should never existed.

    J27 0 one two 7J27 0 one two 725 päivää sitten
  • I remember logging in on the release day of Runescape 2 thinking "wtf"... Can't believe that was in 2004 :|

    nathan smithnathan smith28 päivää sitten
  • king duffy is soft and a fake he only took it cause zezima let him.

    Tyler JohnTyler John28 päivää sitten
  • 16:56 a little off topic but god damn do I miss robot rage, that game was amazing

    Munqy [X]Munqy [X]Uukausi sitten
  • mouseymouser is a dude!

    Lao TzwhoLao TzwhoUukausi sitten
  • I remember people used to Use heal other and Fc people in order to smite for rares. I lost 300m when i sas 13 in Falador like that.

    MOD MALIMOD MALIUukausi sitten
  • 25:50 I think something bad happened to Mendark 9 actually, he gained like nearly a 100k runecrafting xp a day, which is absolutely stunning in F2p and then all of a sudden he never came back.

    zezizarjaarszezizarjaarsUukausi sitten
  • what. a. video. your channel is a masterpiece.

    FMR Nathan - COD ZombiesFMR Nathan - COD ZombiesUukausi sitten
  • Syzygy was my friend lol damn good stuff he made my rune scimi for 30k and I’ll sel it for $35-40k

    Blue PhatBlue PhatUukausi sitten
  • Jeez you make me feel old, you're talking about 2004-2006 like it was decades ago (it was) and i remember when i joined in late 2003 like it was yesterday. I'm only 28.

    Great LeaderGreat LeaderUukausi sitten
  • so after it became bigger than most you bought out the og and turned it into a micro transaction cash cow what ive taken away from this is if you have a really good thing dont give it up to some smuck offering you a bit of coin

    kanes nodkanes nodUukausi sitten
  • The Italy boot in wildy

    give it to me baybegive it to me baybeUukausi sitten
  • Played this shit with dial up

    give it to me baybegive it to me baybeUukausi sitten
  • Disgusting how they removed mod mmg

    JK ManJK ManUukausi sitten
  • man mod jed makes me so mad lol. people getting hacked, dced, and ddos'd by ROT because jed had access to a live feed of ip addresses and info that he either gave or sold to them.

    FlyyfFlyyfUukausi sitten
  • le me still #1 lol

    CcryonicsSCcryonicsSUukausi sitten
  • 5:02 And that, my friends, is why you never ask/listen player killers in deciding what is and is not a golden era of an mmo.

    Nurettin BeksaçNurettin BeksaçUukausi sitten
  • For me, the golden age of runescape was at 24 minutes in the video, right before the Grand Exchange. I honestly miss individually selling stuff because you could actually merch freely. I know you still can but I haven't done it since and know many others haven't either.

    MillsyMillsyUukausi sitten
  • it's so sad to see the game u grew up with die by the shittiest update ever i disliked the eoc from the start and every1 else i spoke to hated it too

    xultraragexxultraragexUukausi sitten
  • What a great video and lots of work put into it! I loved it!

    GoodAtNoGamesGoodAtNoGamesUukausi sitten
  • LOL that last intro pic of the young kid playing RS was a recent photo. He's using a 3rd party plug in to play OSRS current 2007 scape. But otherwise spectacular video as always. I have a nastoligic picture of me sitting at one of those computers as a little kid in 2006. I'm standing in Falador with a Newcomers map.

    William KiefelWilliam KiefelUukausi sitten
  • When I am gaming RS, I sometimes play this. prob watched over 15 times lol

    Colton MoonColton MoonUukausi sitten
  • idk how youre going to mention the history of ironman mode without talking about cinmarRS lol...

    Jack AlmondJack AlmondUukausi sitten
  • well done. an amazing video.

    ProdacyProdacyUukausi sitten
  • Voice is a little too jarring with the cuts

    Cyka_DelikCyka_DelikUukausi sitten
  • Hey, do you think you could find the forum suggestion that brought bank tabs about? They came in shortly after I suggested them

    HY OutdoorsHY OutdoorsUukausi sitten
  • its so sad to slowly see runescape go to shit. god bless osrs however i wouldve liked some graphics updates etc, just no spinning wheels or loyalty crap or abilities

    BillitzBillitzUukausi sitten
  • Hey look it's me at 16:35

    rob92rsrob92rsUukausi sitten
  • i started playing runescape in late 2003 when i was a kid. i stole 50k coins from someone and a rune platebody after they allowed me to use their account one night. still to this day i feel so guilty for it. so if the girl i scammed reads this, im sorry.

    wayne wayo aveyardwayne wayo aveyardUukausi sitten
  • 5:06 I see the community has never changed. RS3 is the best BTW.

    ThelaretusThelaretusUukausi sitten
  • I did a dung with lillyuffie. Total bitch. Hated her two mins into the pre eoc dung.

    Stew GruStew GruUukausi sitten
  • Idk why people hate MTX, nobody have to buy them... Also idk why people hate EoC, there is Legacy mod...

    Farwin923Farwin923Uukausi sitten
  • Time for a 20 year version?

    Alex ThunderAlex ThunderUukausi sitten
  • #WePay2PK!!!! My 12 year old self sneaking back online well past my bedtime just to get back to the fally riots to bring back the game I loved so much. Sadly, 2007 was the end of my most memorable favorite childhood past time.

    J FishJ FishUukausi sitten
  • Wish I could go back in time to replay the old RuneScape days.. Logging into RuneScape now compared to back then is a huge difference.

    Valor RspsValor RspsUukausi sitten
  • Been playing on and off since 04 and I have a total of 500000000 xp on both my accounts. Can't imagine getting a billion back then.

    J RJ RUukausi sitten
  • 2 year update?

    ThermoChromeThermoChrome2 kuukautta sitten
  • I started rs in 2006

    Salim Al-JabrySalim Al-Jabry2 kuukautta sitten
  • share i cry :/

    trapas pastrapas pas2 kuukautta sitten
  • Does anyone remember, Galaxg or something, can't recall the exact name. He use to kill demons for hours and hours with an addi bax and never spoke to anyone. Then Smackattack dropped a 2h rune sword which he grabbed in a second without saying a word.

    MermaidMermaid2 kuukautta sitten
  • I remember chatting with mod Paul at lesser demons.

    MermaidMermaid2 kuukautta sitten
  • I was online when Christmas crackers dropped. We were selling phats for 5k. I also remember when phats were duplicated. I spent so much time on that game..

    MermaidMermaid2 kuukautta sitten
  • The game with the worst graphics, had the best community

    Mojo JojiMojo Joji2 kuukautta sitten
  • Wow man you knocked this video outa the fuckin park

    Limbeck kLimbeck k2 kuukautta sitten
  • 28:32 Oh yeah baby

    LeoPlay117LeoPlay1172 kuukautta sitten
  • Amazing video!

    PlutonPluton2 kuukautta sitten
  • They introduced bonds to "combat rwt" huh? It was not so they could have the entire cake of the RWT market and be the sole sellers of gold for rl money... Classic jagex justification. For the playerbase having peoples RWT through third party sites actually makes the game less pay-to-win since it is less convient and chance of either getting scammed or banned while having it being legal from jagex themself makes it super convient and super pay-to-win.

    Styx ZeroStyx Zero2 kuukautta sitten
  • I've always told everyone that everything that i needed in life i learned from runescape as a little kid. Maths and English. Wave2:flash: Fall in cc

    Juri UkkonenJuri Ukkonen2 kuukautta sitten
  • The unholy graphics changes Jagex made to RuneScape killed a lot of the player base if it wasn’t for re release of old school runescape would just be a ripoff of World of Warcraft in many players eyes and would never participate in the game again

    Johnathan TavraJohnathan Tavra2 kuukautta sitten
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    Wicked MikeWicked Mike2 kuukautta sitten
  • Modjed guy was a real tool

    Richard McCreadyRichard McCready2 kuukautta sitten
  • Very nice and crazy how you remember each date...

    G-GG-G2 kuukautta sitten
    • Haha, thanks. I've researched for a few months prior to the video, where I mostly tried to identify the most important events. Finding the dates wasn't so hard when you knew what you were searching for :P

      rswillmissitrswillmissit2 kuukautta sitten
  • So wait if snake slava got 99archery first then got banned but then made another account and was the second person to achieve archery, is he the first or only person to be both the first and second person to max a skill?

    RusDaddyRusDaddy2 kuukautta sitten
    • Yep!

      rswillmissitrswillmissit2 kuukautta sitten
  • i started in 04 during the mini clip days i loved the battle between zezima and the legend the old nite he was so cool rip so many great memories from those days 3 hit you, elvemage I mahatma I pking videos were the best i just started playing old skool again im loving it so much nostalgia 👌🏾

    aaron maaron m2 kuukautta sitten
  • They need Runescape 4:the next gen released in mid 2021

    Black screenBlack screen2 kuukautta sitten
  • Sweet video

    GloriesGlories2 kuukautta sitten
  • what path u chose *shows rs3* LMAO

    W1zardasW1zardas2 kuukautta sitten
  • I never played this game.... I was playing Diablo 2.

    ZetoriaZetoria2 kuukautta sitten
  • Sitting here at the end of 2020 staring at my iphone that doesnt have rs3.......

    Mr Waffles_1337Mr Waffles_13372 kuukautta sitten
  • 21:00 OMG i used to run essence for Anonymous4x

    Coke AdictedCoke Adicted3 kuukautta sitten
  • I remember a time going to my local library every other day or on the weekends to play runescape classic, those were the days. I remember dueling in lumby and people saying they had rune long and had r2h lol

    PNW ExplorerPNW Explorer3 kuukautta sitten
    • That's awesome lol

      rswillmissitrswillmissit2 kuukautta sitten
  • 2006Scape was completely erased from my memory. I remember being on the 2006Scape forums since the beginning and playing the Castle Wars beta they released!

    Drunk AnComDrunk AnCom3 kuukautta sitten
  • You just called hitpoints, constitution. I'm out

    Brandon WiseBrandon Wise3 kuukautta sitten
  • Wtf is that view to like ratio

    Mr BubzMr Bubz3 kuukautta sitten
  • I know this video is two years old but I remember hearing at a talk that the origin of runescape was from a join between the words 'Run' and 'Escape' opposed to 'Runes' and 'Landscape'

    DyprakzDyprakz3 kuukautta sitten
    • Yeah, that's something a lot of people have suspected. A good clue is that the name is officially written as RuneScape, not RunEscape. I think it was the Gowers who said what the word means at a Runefest panel. :P

      rswillmissitrswillmissit3 kuukautta sitten

    DhaarokDhaarok3 kuukautta sitten
  • could you make a update video for 2018 to 2021 ? this video, and the official jagex documentary doesn't make me old. the last time i played, there were campfire lines everywhere, and i was spending my time in the daemonhiem dungeon.

    Fr_DaeFr_Dae3 kuukautta sitten
  • Dammit I'm old

    Reynaldo MartinezReynaldo Martinez3 kuukautta sitten
  • wow, imagine getting mad about the wilderness being released and you can only pk there lol wow how times were different

    Bottled PoeBottled Poe4 kuukautta sitten
  • it sucks though, Os is a set back to what they fought against. Os is 75% Bots, 15% Criminals and 10% actual players. You can’t got to the duel arena without running into hackers and scammers/Engine abusers, cant go to the GE with out bots demanding and begging gold or you *join their “community”*, Not to mention people using the illegal source Rune Lite, letting you key bind in os which is impossible and also illegal. Also Why not Shout out Tony the leader of the GoldsNGlory clan, he’s top on boss kills for all time with over 460k boss kills, the stats for osrs are completely bogus due to the bots flooding the game. so yes Os might have more players but more than half of those players are bot accounts and active criminals at the duel arena. So until its fixed Im not going back to Os

    Dragon fireDragon fire4 kuukautta sitten
  • Does no one else remember when runescape had a BIG update and when you weild a 2h you would walk more aggressively and your cape would flap... this was my favorite and my 1st biggest update I witnessed servers were laggy for almost a week...

    Joshua PalmerinJoshua Palmerin4 kuukautta sitten
  • Ive never heard of a "horde-core" ironman mode

    effinretardseffinretards4 kuukautta sitten