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So, I was browsing a world of warcraft forum and I came cross this thread: http://www.arenajunkies.com/topic/235962-i-remember-when/
World of warcraft currently has the strongest and most populated PvP community out of any mmorpg (Eve Online might be an exception). Despite WoW's pvp community, they felt genuine sorrow about the game's current state: Not so much that the game is bad (PvP communitys in EVERY game always bitch and moan) but more that the past is...the past, and will no longer be.
Its a prime example of a niche mmorpg community feeling nostalgia. The Feels are intense.
'I'm kinda jealous man. I got all this nostalgia for Everquest, which was much more punishing/real/alive than vanilla WoW, but not nearly as polished, and the graphics were obviously much worse. But man I played it again recently, and the nostalgia is crazy. I kinda wish I had that with WoW.'
Nadagastt is considered one of the best Warlocks in NA, and probaly the world.Yet his excitement, his passion for mmorpg gaming stemmed from WoW. What does this mean? It means that gamers can move on to more polished games. But he first game they fell in love with will always hold their standard of fun experience.
In conclusion: Don't hate new games for not bringing back the 'fun factor' for you. identify what you want in a game, identify what type of gamer you are, and then move to the mmorpg that makes the most sense. No game will ever be as good as your nostalgia moments - but thats human nature!