Lore, I starting watching your videos because I agree with you alot on many topics...but I think the LAST BIG MMO concept may not be accurate.
You mentioned how games will focus on a specific "aspect" like pvp, pve etc and have only ~200,000 players or whatever...but from what precedent has shown and history I dont think so. There may be some like that... but the NEXT BIG MMO will not be a SMALL MMO.
Look at the history of MMOs. FIrst we know FANTASY as a genre has dominated generally. UO, EQ, DAOC, ASHERONS CALL, WOW... generally the BIG MMO of the era has always been a fantasy themed one. Not to say others didnt exist like ANARCHY, STAR WARS, etc but the KING was a BIG FANTASY MMO.
I think the "decline" of WOW to a casual game for $$$ (AND yes thats exactly what it is lets not be PC here Activision is involved) has caused people to even think of MMOs in the way you are now. Blizzard...probably forced by Activision are going for $$$$ -- not coolness anymore....not quality.... they want MAX $$$ for the littlest effort *cough* rehashed content. There is a DIFFERENCE between the Blizzard of 2012 and the Blizzard of 2003. Anyone whose been a real fan (not a casual fair day fan) since 1990s knows this.
The next BIG MMO will GET back to the basics...and start making the game for what its supposed to be... a challenge. Its not a "log on and play it however you want get purples". That is NOT what WOW was when it made people RUSH home to log on in 2004-2005.
People THESE days are actually saying "man i cant wait to log off" THATS A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
It was the raiders who drew in the casuals for WOW...sorry to say that but thats how it works...you should know this.
Blizzard made the game RAID hard....end game HARD to beat...hard to play... and accomplishments felt epic.
The horsepoopoo of coddle the casuals has brought the game down to a sily hello kitty level almost....AND thats why WOW is declining....
Its like a MOVIE: it gets HYPED before release....HAS A RECORD OPENING WEEKEND.. then the next weekend is horrid.....happens all the time ... why SUBSTANCE is lacking...and the "casual" audience isnt there because the hard core fans arent hyping it anymore.
Same happens in WOW...when they dont ENSURE RAIDING is FUN and a challenge and interesting(NOT JUST HEALTH being 5 million more) it declines.
So I dont agree WOW is last BIG MMO... someone has to step up and do it RIGHT. AND BY THE WAY... alot of companies have been EDGING closer to making WOW killers.... if I was blizzard Id be really evaluating their future moves it seems to be they have the ARROGANCE factor going on... REMEMBER when EQ devs used to be SMUG and think they were untouchable... yea.....
The next BIG MMO will be a BIG MMO...it will need to focus on RAIDERS....to draw in the large casual crowds. Give the casual crowds ALOT to do fine.....but dont diss raiding... causals dont NEED TO BE ABLE to kill the end boss.....if they dotn have the skill or time to do so...
Doing so is fallign prey to the "everyone gets a gold star" syndrome everyone is hearing about...