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It is pretty obvious that there is lot of nostalgia in this forum, there are many lost players that live in the name of the good old times when MMORPGs were more social, more challenging and more rewarding, me being one of the worst offenders.
Most of the younger players do not understand this nostalgia and I don't blame them.
If they were to play the games we used to play they would probably go "WTF?!", those games are light years away from modern MMOs in so many ways.
So when people ask me "If you like EQ so much why you don't go and play it?", I say that's a reasonable question to ask.
Fact is that there are different reasons why I don't play them anymore, some reasons are because they didn't evolve enough, some others because they changed too much.
So I will explain the reasons why I quit my favorite MMOs and why I am not going back.
Quit: Because EQ2 came out, which I played on/off for almost 4 years
Why I won't go back: Because the UI is so ancient and after getting used to modern MMOs I just don't have the patience to fight the UI anymore, also the graphics is way too old. I am not a graphics whore but there is a limit.
Basically there is nothing wrong with EQ gameplay, it is still the best MMO for me, but taking ages to perform the most simple task and outdated graphics prevents me to get into the game again.
Quit: Because of the RoK expansion (Thanks Scott Hartsman AKA Mr Rift) when the game officially became WoW 1.5. I liked Vanilla EQ2 but with the introduction of Quest Hubs it took away all the charm of the game.
Why I won't be back: Because at the moment the only content I want to play is End Game Raidinig, which is still the best of the bunch. But I won't pay $15 a month plus $40 for the expansion for the privilege, since I will only play roughly the 10% of the game.
Quit: Because of the Community and the Burning Crusade expansion making the game less challenging (I loved Vanilla version, just perfect)
Why I won't be back: Still because of the community. And I am not talking about the Barren chat language, but the way people became so Elitist that now when you try to group either for a Dungeon or a Raid if you haven't got the best Gear Score you won't be invited or you'll be kicked from the group as soon as you join without even the time to say "Hi"
What really annoys me the most is that players with high Gear Scores are actually terrible players and cause more wipes than good players with average GS.
Having to play with lots of Leroy Jenkins with high GS is not my cup of tea.
Quit: Lack of PvP flagging System, very little chance to PvE efficiently.
Why I won't be back: Same reason really. The game is gorgeous IMO but it desperately needs a flagging System like EVE.
There is no way you can play any PvE efficiently at the moment unless you are escorted by 10 guild mates.
So what are the reason why you quit your favorite MMO and why you won't go back?