The recent ranting and whining from those who feel the need to call themselves "hardcore" in order to build their egos would have many of you believe that the MMO industry is in a shambles, that no progress has been made in years, or even that negative progress has been made.
Don't fall for the hype.
This talk is coming from a bunch of elitist children who have to have everything their way. Anything different, anything that doesn't cater to their every whim, is automatically a "fail". They ignorantly assume that since no MMO company is bending over and kissing their asses, that we should all feel as empty and unfulfilled as their own pathetic existence.
They fail to look at the number of great MMO releases that have come and gone. They fail to grasp just how much time and effort goes into making an MMO, and what that ultimately means for the rate of change in the industry. And they also fail to realize that it is their own rantings and behaviors that are bringing the industry down.
MMO's, when done properly, take years to come to fruition. This means that change to the industry is going to come slowly. That's just the way it is. Of course, when a company attempts change and gets bombarded with negative rhetoric from a vocal minority because the change isn't the one they wanted, because it went to far or didn't go far enough, any further changes are going to be even slower in coming forth. When forums, both this and others, are flooded with this type of garbage, and anyone who likes the game gets flamed for being a fanboy, potential users who many not be as informed are scared away.
How does anyone benefit from this attitude?
Positive reinforcement is what the industry is lacking, and that's a failing of the users, not the developers. If you don't like a game, don't play it. Find a game you like and support it, financially and vocally. Applaud companies for the good things they do. Don't whine and cry just because you got your hopes up and the game didn't turn out just the way you wanted it. Let those who enjoy it have their fun, there's no need for you to go shitting on their parade.
MMO's are about community, that's what makes them really different from a standard RPG. If it's a community of assholes, no matter what the devs have done, the game is going to suck.
Calling for change in the industry is great, but how we go about it is what matters most.