Seems this year Blizzard is pulling from every game they've made; Diablo 3 announced, Starcraft 2 launched, WoW expack (No big suprise there, although). Hopefully, they will just decide to improve the game making buisness rather than do damage along with improvement. With the launch of WoW, they brought an entire new era to MMO gaming. Every one is trying it these days. However, this in effect means that there happens to be more Crap than Gold; people are just trying to replicate what Blizz already did, turning some hard work (Or just a guess followed up with a poor game) into some kind of revenue to make them a rolling ball of money.
I, personally, played Warcrack for the fact that I really liked Warcraft games; played every one of em before WoW. And I played other blizzard games; Diablo was a great game to just run about hacking and slashing at Demons, and Starcraft was another RTS that attracted a ton of players. Starcraft it still popular to this day, having at this point it's own slew of devout followers. And now we have Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 both making appearances this year; Starcraft will be played before Christmas, and Diablo 3's either coming Christmas next year, or, knowing Blizzard, the year after around either this time or the same time of Starcraft. And, to top it all off, a New MMO is (Or was, Havn't heard anything myself) by Blizzard is in the works. Seems all that revenue from WoW is going to be used in all this ambition.
But Is Blizzard a good thing for the Gaming world, overall? Will they bring ruin to the MMO market with the next hit they're bringing up (Which people will play just because it's from Blizzard)? Or will they reinvent modern gaming in ways that we can't foresee?
Personally? I don't think bringing in a new group of people into gaming can be bad; these days, you have entire families playing MMO's, all living in a virtual world where they can go around slaying evil or people they assume evil. People across the globe are becoming friends over the Net now, with them running guilds, farmings instances and killing players.
These days, MMO's are a household term, when before WoW, they were only seen as something that was 'Extremely Nerdy'. Now you have people of every kind playing MMO's, as they are the most popular market for gaming at the moment. Hence you have even this site, devoted to MMORPG's, with the best list of Games I have read to this day. Now, as for what everyone believes Blizzard is, saying they are ruining gaming as we know it, well, they are; Because either Gaming will move, or Blizzard will. Seems Gaming is, with 10 Million people of Warcraft. For the best, or the Worst, things are going to change, even more so than they have already, because all this MMO'ing has to stop sometime.
Why am I bothering to mention all this? Because Blizzard is on the Move, and it's tied in with the MMORPG Genre tighter than any other game in history.