Earth & Beyond was my very first MMO I ever played. I still rememeber the awe I had when I jumped into the ship and zoomed around the universe with 1000's of other players. Its too long ago but the trading in the game was very active and I loved gathering recipes and the joy of learning a rare one.
After several months I moved on to Jumpgate (needed PvP). Then I was sad to hear E&B closed down.
There are plenty of crappy MMO's out there making a lot of money. Anyone know why E&B shutdown? Wouldn't it be an awesome game for F2P and micro payments? may look a little outdated but it would have 10's of thousands playing.
(Found the old PC game box on the weekend, brought back memories)