World of Warcraft has been around since 2004, and one expansion pack later, the games popularity has grown even bigger - which is shocking. With most MMORPG's, the fan-base slowly becomes smaller and smaller until only the most hard of the hardcore fill the games servers. This isn't the case with World of Warcraft. The fan-base is getting bigger by the hour, and people still log on daily.
Thanks to a boatload of patches and tweaks released every so often, the game has been polished to a mirror sheen ten times over. The games interface and small design choices are subtle, but make the overall experience that much better. Going on a huge raid, plundering a cave with friends, completing that long quest - thats' a kind of feeling that just isn't translated in other games. Not to mention other MMORPG's/RPG's. The game just plays well, you constantly feel rewarded and are entertained with everything and all that you do in this world - it's actually kind of inspiring.
Sure, the graphics are starting to show their rough edges, but the games lighting and art is still a wonder to look at. Walking through one of the hundreds of beautiful vistas still fills you with that feeling of "Oh my god, I'm in a different place here". For a game with such age, it's pretty amazing that it is able to do that.
I am positive that many rabid RPG fans will strongly disagree, but I wanted to give a shout-out to one of best MMORPG's around nonetheless.