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Since playing Everquest, my experience talking to people and amount of contacts has gone down each time.
Everquest had loads of people chatting in general chat, guilds, and /say.
Then I played Vanguard which had a bit less and only region chat and no central hub.
Then I played Guild wars where very few people talked, only in guild.
Then I played WoW, where absolutely no one talks almost, and where I can't access a general chat, just a region chat.
I play MMO to talk to other players and to play with them. If you don't have a general chat in your MMO, but just region chat, and no central hubs, I might as well go play single player games.
Do you talk in new MMO?