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8-13-2010 @ 1:42PM
Not really. WoW broke the mold in a lot of ways. One if those ways was the markets it expanded and the millions of new-to-the-genre players it brought in. Before that (and even during Classic) the majority of MMO players simply transplanted from one game to the next. From Ultima to Everquest, from Everquest to Star Wars Galaxies, etc. Personally, I played City of Heroes as my first MMO and then came to WoW. There are very specific aspects of the genre that people find the appealing and they're things you can't get with a console game. Its no different than people going from racing game to racing game or night club to night club. Assuming that people treat it like a job is presumptuous, but assuming that they'll continue doing something they enjoy with a different franchise is not.
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