Jun 12th 2010 6:22AM @chris
I think I'm going to have to disagree with you to an extent. I don't think it's so much that the player base has started taking the game less seriously; but rather, the community as a whole has become more diverse as Blizzard continues to cater to many different styles of players. Each has their own way to enjoy the game.
I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, it just means we have to share our playground with people we may not quite see eye to eye with - but that doesn't mean we can't do so peacefully, and it certainly doesn't mean one group or the other is better or worse, they're just different.