The past is a wonderful thing. It can show us the mistakes of the past, however many there may be. It's shown us how to become better at the things we do and helped us advance into the current age (which seems to have begun at the turn of the century and hasn't yet ended). It is true that the past hasn't always helped us progress, though, and at times I believe we are taking large strides backwards. Gaming seems to go back and forth rather frequently with developers trying to please the oldschool gamers while selling to the new.
It can be said that some of the current offerings have been massive leaps backwards but I beg to differ. One game that seems to be moving forward (finally) is none other than Darkfall Online. As a neutral party to the game and the community I've been able to step back and watch the changes that have happened and are about to happen without any extreme bias either way. From what I can see now Aventurine is shaping up, and that's after the whole North American client fiasco. It's obviously a big downer for anyone excited about playing on a server closer to home but I believe that it will be worth it to jump on that particular bandwagon.
After reading the length expansion patch notes I have come to the conclusion that Darkfall will be the game we'd hoped for and it's only been a few months. They've done what the VG team couldn't do. They've quickly taken their game for what it was worth and rebuilt it into something worthwhile. This is not to say that there won't be shortcomings, and we've already forseen some of the possible bad things that may happen (the "hardcore" bunch whining that the game is moving in a carebear direction; I think not).
The game appears to be offering exactly what I and I'm sure a lot of other gamers had been looking for. It's a welcome addition to the game and it makes my money a little bit better spent. It's a good feeling to know that the purchase I made last month was not in vain. Relief has washed over me and my true desires will come alive when the expansion goes live (patching isn't available atm).
I'm sure by now you've scratched your head a couple of times wondering, "What the hell is this weirdo on about?", and let me tell you I am on about a game that may become one of the biggest things to hit the MMO scene since EQ and UO. I look ahead to the future, and never behind, and know that the best is yet to come.
EDIT: Just wanted to shout out to Inktomi, a man who has been a welcome addition to the community and who has interested me in reading and writing again! Keep on keepin' on, brother!