So.. I've been thinking of getting City of Villains. I realize that the grass is always more finely poly-counted on the other side, but I do remember City of Heroes rather fondly. Granted, I never got beyond the low-mid levels or so, so it could be that the end game sucks just as much as WoWs... but I know that CoH was quite a bit more fun getting there. Plus, I'm not aware of there being a chinese farmer issue in the game, though that certainly could have manifested itself within the year or so that I haven't played.
It's too bad really. In a way, a game like WoW would be great if you had a large number of friends and aquaintances in real life that played such games, because then you could basically trust everyone and have an understanding of the skill level that everyone was at. In my case, Mason took a look at the game and seemed to not care for it, Jim basically doesn't play RPGs, and Bill is a money-less student that doesn't have the hardware, connection, or mentality (maybe?) to play an MMORPG at a high level. Oh, and of course Mike has his job and family.
Hey Mike, if you happen to read this, I'd still like to come and visit at some point.