Stating an opinion as fact does not make it fact. Opinions are not fact. So don't be stupid and make a fool of yourself by trying to pass off your opinion as fact.
You are in no position to judge that.
In fact I am not sure anybody can make that comparison fairly, unless they disappeared during vanilla and only started playing again during MoP.
Does that describe you ? I doubt it.
I don't really care about.. anything anyone has said in this thread.. it is essentially the same forum post I've been ignoring since 2007, but when it comes to the discussion of Blizzard and where Blizzard puts its money, why does no one ever, ever, consider the fucking power bill they must have to pay? They run how many computers and servers world wide 24/7? Holy shit! Not to mention the ENTIRETY of Blizzard's staff that need wages. You have the dev team in California, sure. But then you have GM's, maintenance crews, cleaners, cooks, marketers, artists, representatives, the upper brass, the lower brass; they have to cover legal costs, flights, accommodations, hardware, software, furnishings, rents, leases, the list goes on. Every single little thing that Blizzard does costs, as it does with everything else in this world of ours, money. Blizzard|Activision is a GLOBAL COMPANY, (they're not just based in the U.S.A., you know?). If you subscribe to WoW thinking that every single dollar spent playing that game goes directly towards development, you are one sad, delusional individual that needs to desperately grow the fuck up.
B-b-but, $15 a month with millions of subscribers!
Oh, fuck off. Clearly you have no sense of value. The more money you earn, the more money you lose. And if you're not recouping those losses somehow? Well, that's when you get washed up celebrities hocking their junk on eBay.
And as for this CEO business? Jesus, I'm not even going to go there. Do you people have any idea what it's like to be the CEO of a company like that? Is he happy with his life? NO! He's destroying himself! It's a self deprecating game these people play, and that's why they earn so much money. Because it's either that or an assisted suicide.
Also - as a person who has been playing WoW since 2006, I'm going to let you all in on a little secret... WoW hasn't changed a single fucking bit since release. It's exactly the same. The exact same shit with every patch, the exact same shit with every expansion. WoW has not changed. You have changed.
I'm pretty sure Blizzard was in debt when they first started. I actually liked their games back then, so... this might be a good thing?