...and continues, "None of you suckers did it better than Ultima did!" No, not really.
GameSpot has the artist formerly known as Lord British chatting about the state of MMOs today.
Other MMOs on the market, he explained--and although he mentioned no names, he clearly included World of Warcraft and new title Lord of the Rings Online in his evaluation--use a number of features that have become standard practice even though they are clumsy. These gameplay elements, he said, include monsters respawning for the next player as if nothing had happened, level grinds, arbitrary and meaningless missions, poor AI, and repetition.
Read the whole thing over at GameSpot.