Danuser put up a great post. Worth reading, and also threatens to violate the law that all analogies made on the Internet inherently suck.
Whether or not everyone agrees with it, I imagine that it will resonate with people on both sides of the issue: Players who’ve outgrown a given MMO, and developers who feel pressure to evolve, evolve, evolve to keep the same audience engaged for “One More Cycle” (in perpetuity) at the expense of potential for acquiring new users.
Steve - Get out while you can. I’m sure the Internet Police are on their way already.