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First off, this isn't a troll post, I don't have anything negative to say about WoW.
BUT... I see a lot of posts regarding WoW falling apart, RIFT will be great, etc etc.
So I'll break it down from the perspective of someone that played WoW mid 2006 through mid 2010, and gave Cataclsym a shot. Either I've changed, or WoW's changed t the point where we're no longer compatible, yet I really have nothing against the game; I like the direction of development Cataclsym is taking, even got to 85 - but the community is abhorrent.
A lot of changes have contributed to this perspective, and a lot of folks have a firm grasp on what those changes are and why they've had such an effect that I won't go into them here. The long and short of it is that I believe WoW is losing it's older players, yet gaining newer ones at a similar if not faster rate. Think of it as a generational swap I guess.
I know for my part, I've seen my friendslist hemmorage over the last few months - to the point where only a few remain and they never seemed to log on. The folks I've known IRL all share a similar sentiment and no longer play.
The purpose of this post is to encourage folks that share similar feelings about the game to just let it go. It's been real, and it's been fun, but it's not real fun anymore - and that's ok. There's no reason to rain on the parade of the folks that are new to the game (mostly younger folks), who may be easily influenced by a few negative comments. It seems to me that a lot of the anger in the game and out, is from folks having trouble just letting it pass on to the new guard.