An online community like XBL or PSN is a lot different than what you find in an MMO. The same core idea of playing with other gamers online is still there, but the dynamics are completely different. An MMO is a whole other world you can step into and live in vicariously through your avatar, but when you're gaming over the Internet to play Call of Duty with other gamers all over the world it feels more like the old days when you used to have a bunch of friends in one room playing splitscreen, except, you know, over the Internet.
In the first part of "An Online Gaming Journey" I discussed my experiences over the the five or so years I played the MMO Runescape. As I mentioned in that piece, I eventually stopped playing Runescape when I got an Xbox 360 and signed up for Xbox Live. Today I will be picking up where I left off last time by discussing my experiences on XBL.