I'm a little bit LTTP regarding the goodjer point of view on MMOs, but I have noticed from time to time a particular title gets a lot of forum hype here, and then following it launch, out come the critics and the apologists simultaneously, then the buzz dies down, then a patch or expansion rekindles the excitement a bit, and then....silence.
Just out of curiousity, of all the MMOs which we've seen rise and fall with hype, popularity and then apathy, which one rose the fastest and fell the hardest?
DC Universe Online?
Age of Conan?
Star Trek Online?
As a comparator, LOTRO seems to have enjoyed a nice even level of hype over the years. It's almost Taoist in its lack of extremities - noone goes too nuts over the game for too long, but it's never completely out of the spotlight either.