I'd always been a gamer, PC games, Intellivision, Nintendo and so on. I played MUDs in college. A friend's husband was in the EQ beta somehow, but I thought it looked kind of clunky compared to single player games and lost interest (the real game ended up looking lots better than the beta). Flash forward a few months and another friend's roommate was playing EQ and got her started, and she roped me into it and I was hooked. Not only was I having a lot of fun as a bard, but I'd "met" so many fun/interesting people in the game.
I played EQ for years and through most of my time in EQ I stuck with a small guild of friends rather than get into a raid guild. Over time friends got burned out and the guild kept shrinking and then kind of petered out. So I joined a raid guild, and ended up playing the game like a second job (4-6 hours of raiding every night after work, weekends were devoted to getting AA before it was raid time). I did that for about a little over a year. Then came the release of WoW.
I'd played the first two warcraft games, but didn't get into WC3, so I wasn't that interested in WoW. A lot of my EQ friends and guildies were jumping ship for WoW, so much so that we were sometimes having trouble fielding peeps for raids. However, I stuck with EQ since I'd been playing it for so long, even though it wasn't really fun anymore.
A couple of months later EQ had another expansion (Dragons?), but the same old same old annoying problems persisted.
IIRC I was doing a quest in an area (an instance?), and I had to kill X number of a certain type of goblin, which was fine. I was pretty well decked out equipment-wise and bards were OP when played well. The problem was the last goblin for the quest, as I got it to low health, it started to flee. Snared and low HPs, trying to run away. It managed to aggro the next group, which had healers, so I had to kill them to finish my quest mob. Except one of the healers fell through the world, so I couldn't target it, and couldn't kill it, and my quest goblin just kept slowly fleeing, getting healed just enough to stay alive til the next group, which I would then kill. I think I chased it for 20 or 30 minutes before I got so frustrated that I logged out, canceled my account and drove to Best Buy to pick up WoW.
And they didn't have any copies.
So, I lost interest.
However, I wasn't going back to EQ (I'd gotten that annoyed with SOE). I still kept in touch with many of the friends from EQ, and found that several of them had migrated from EQ to SWG, and were now in WoW. So, a couple weeks after I had stopped playing EQ, I went to Best Buy again and they had a copy of WoW.
Once I'd loaded up the game, I found gnomes too adorable not to play one, despite being told that I should make a hunter. I wasn't a fan of necromancers, wizards or mages in EQ, so that left out lock and mage. I found EQ rogues to be a bit boring, which left fighter. My sense of humor being what it is, I liked the idea of a cute little girl running around killing stuff with a honkin' big sword, so warrior it was.
Shortly after I got in the game, I found one of the friends online. He mailed me some gold (5g!!!) which I picked up once I finished the newbie area. His wife had come on, and ran me into IF and showed me the tram (and /train, too cute!). Outside SW she told me about cooking and fishing (I'd like doing the tradeskills in EQ, despite how aggravating they were).
Then she took me over to the crazy cat lady... and my real obsession began.
I pestered the friend that had gotten me into EQ until she started playing WoW, and she's been playing since Vanilla too.