Anyone else get the distinct impression that there's absolutely nothing happening in WoW these days? I mean 'real' WoW, not that unreleased expansion. I hardly play anymore, because there isn't much to do, and when I putz around online on mmo-champion it's just data mining galore on a version of WoW I (for the first time, I guess, sour grapes?) can't take part in. Ghostcrawler posts every day about stuff that doesn't affect paying customers, unless you consider that they need to have valid subscriptions to be invited to the beta at all.
It's not a question of "Why so much coverage?" on mmo-champion's part; it's obvious given a choice between covering the 800 blue posts yesterday on unreleased goods, or recapping trade channels in the 'live' game (LF9M VOA10... do people still even run VOA10?). The choice on their end is clear.... but aside from one or two little 'live events', the main game has gotten very little love from the actual devs.
It seems to me that they've all moved on from Live. Which brings me back to a point I made a while back, that Cata feels more like it should be (boxed and sold as) WoW 2.0, not Expansion 4. I know they're hard at work on the next big thing, and to release a new client at this point would only muddle SKUs, but come on... let vanilla DIE, already. Release the Windows ME (Vista?) version that will hold us over until the next full fledged system (2000? 7?) is ready for primetime. Stop putting service packs on the vanilla client.
And yes, I need to play more games and stop IT-ing from time to time. It's affecting my ability to even talk about WoW.
Valid question, though: Would it besuch a horrible idea to release a single product (even so highly derivative of WoW 1.0), with NO EXPANSIONS, to last us out until Big MMO #2 is released from Blizz? Wipe the slate, let people get used to leveling again, play around with 31 point calculators, and then drop the bombshell? Since we're going to have to quit and start fresh eventually, why keep putting it off?