Hate is a strong word .. I just think it's mindless. They went after non-gamer with it's super easy gameplay. The game is gear based and gear is only a matter of how much time you invest, which would be most likely substantial. It's a neat game with a unique art design, but I consider WoW an IRC channel 1st and a game second.
I don't think it's the game people are addicted to .. it's WoW's thriving community that is what is addicting. You wanna log on just to see the day happenings. The game is fun but it's the community that makes the impact. It really is a world of it's own.
I think it's time to break the MMO mold. The formula has been way too static for years. I'm looking forward to Hellgate london. I think Flagship is trying to take MMO's in a new direction. Huxely looks amazing as well. Just have to wait and see.
It uses DirectX 10, which at this time is Vista only. The only thing they would need to do is let XP users update to DirectX 10 then we could play it. M$ wants to sell more Vista units, that's why they are doing this. Hey it worked for Xbox.
Could you please be more specific? Is there any particular genre you like? Are you looking for good old school strategy games like Starcraft or a Fun WWII FPS like Return to Castle Wolfenstein? There are alot of fantastic games, but too many to list.