When I began my adventures with MMORPGs, I started out with DaoC and EQ1, it was a brief time with those games, then EQ2 was on the way at the same time as WoW and it was pure coincidence that I landed in WoW and just kind of stuck with that since.
Now the threads about MMORPGs that once was and what is now are plenty enough and many things are said and debated.
What I do remember from the past though, was that people did not have to register and make applications to guilds to become members.
Was no voicechats.
No Discord and the like.
And nobody ever responded with a "Google it" when people asked for advice whether it was in public chat channels in a game or inside their guilds.
Now it can be near impossible to communicate when joining a new guild, without running face first into a handful of "Google it" "Google is your friend" or "<insert random website> linked here", often with no other words of communication.
I am not saying everybody is like that, but the people who are very fond of google and seems to believe that it is the best way to help other people, rather than spending a few extra minutes typing a few advices out, they seem to have become increasingly more common over the years.
I am however in no position to pass judgement on a group of people, who communicate and engage with other people this way, new eras provide new things and people are under influence of how the world change.
I will say though, I have started to believe that the reason we can not return to how things once was, is because a lot of people themselves will not spend the extra time on typing things to each other in a game. Making friends and mingle that way.
Or am I wrong?
(Yes I know somebody will tell me to google it, and then I can rest my case ^^ ) But the question still stands