"What they could have been or what they used to be only leads to bitterness"
This stopped me in my tracks.... The bitterness is justified BUT the level of it can be controlled by moving on.
Bitterness has levels from not liking something to absolute hate. Absolute hate can be justified too because you could feel extra strongly about something more than others, BUT the answer is still the same.... Move on.
The crowed here changed to On-line game players, the mmorpg players moved on. The fact is both are millions strong. BOTH ARE VERY DIFFERENT. To stick around and argue with a real justification of the On-line game players is a waist of time and energy for an mmorpg player to do. Justified are the ones that like both, but understand they are DIFFERENT.
Several years down the road will have two mmorpg's. Maybe will have a new site called mmorpg2.com..... This site will have only two games listed along with a few still running classics. A new site where the mmorpg player can discuss their games. The now bitterness On-line players will be their too.
Remember both are VERY DIFFERENT and both are MILLIONS STRONG.