I never played EQ, but I used to play a text based MMO called Dragonrealms obsessively. I tried WOW and didn't like it at all.
Back when I could devote my waking life to the game, DR was fun, but now that I have to do other things with my life it just takes too long to get anywhere to be enjoyable.
I think that's probably part of the reason for easier "normal" modes and such in games now. They are no longer just selling to kids who can spend their lives playing the game, they're also selling to casual gamers and adults who gamed as kids, but no longer have as much time to devote to gaming.
I used to play pretty much exclusively RPGs and the first few times I tried to play shooters I couldn't figure out how to do anything, but I actually managed to get through the first Modern Warefare game on Veteran difficulty after much cussing and dying and I enjoy some of the RPG/Shooter hybrids like Mass Effect, Fallout 3 and Borderlands. I still have Mile High Club haunting me as my last non-achieved achievement on COD:MW.
I picked up used copies of the older COD games and I'll probably eventually get some of the newer ones when I can get them cheap enough.
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