This guy says that what Blizzard did when they added the Dungeon Finder to World of Warcraft (“a cross-realm looking for group option”) is the same kind of thing that SOE did when they instituted the NGE (“New Game Enhancements”) for Star Wars Galaxies. Which is to say, it’s a different kind of game than it used to be.
SOE changed SWG from an sandbox MMO to a theme park MMO. Blizzard with patch 3.3 just changed WOW from a theme park MMO to a multiplayer game. But where SOE failed Blizzard might just succeed.
Is it still an MMO when you don’t have to venture into the world at all to play? Has WoW become Club Penguin?