Nice try but, you see, it's not my jaded perception that has seen all the previous successful western mmorpg studios collapse. Mythic was brought to the ground, SOE sold and pretty much vanished, the same destiny as countless others. Both Mark Jacobs (of Mythic) and Brad McQuaid (EverQuest), who once dominated the field, these day struggle as indie devs with very flimsy hopes of survival. Guild Wars 2 collapsed in recent months despite seemingly doing fine until the truth came out (and for similar reasons, since all their developers were moved away from GW2 to work on new projects, that failed, and then everyone was fired). If you take away the eastern trend that has its own weird history and self-feeds, the western history of mmorpgs has been just a total trainwreck. It's not an opinion, it's just obvious. There were years when the mmorpg genre drew the biggest investments in the whole game industry. Not anymore.