How bad does your MMORPG quality meter go?
Certainly not. I am a old pen and paper player from the Runequest and early Dungeons and Dragons days, I still have the 1977 basic boxed edition somewhere in my attic.
With the advent of computers and the internet, I played Neverwinter Nights for many years, in those halcyon pre MMO days, and that still is the best overall experience I have had online. The game was not full of generic gamers, which the MMO community has now become. Whilst I am very aware of the need for publishers to make their money from us, I personally prefer smaller, older style games, where everyone playing, played because they were into roleplaying games.
After that I played Ultima Online, Dark Ages of Camelot, EQ, and EQ2. None of those games really gripped me, I took time adjusting to what the RPG was becoming until Lotro was released and I played that for a number of years, only losing interest just as Swtor was released, so that was an easier jump for me, with so much time invested into my toons, than it otherwise might have been.
Swtor I really enjoyed for a while, but the boredom factor hit me after about 6 months. I actually tried it again recently when i realised that GW2 really offers me very little, and sadly it failed to grab me a second time.
Currently I am giving the latest patch a chance to keep me interested, I personally cannot see it happening, but you never know! I have been enjoying Neverwinter Online beta weekends also, but I have to admit, I think I am trying to like it, for nostalgic reasons, I am actually finding it tedious.
The future looks bright though, my online gaming time is just one part of many things I do, I can quite happilly take long breaks and not worry in the slightest if my toons are missing me or not. I am looking forward to Elder Scrolls Online, though that could be a flop, you never know, and more importantly, Rome Total War 2 being released before the year end.
So in reference to your last point, I would suggest that my personal MMO quality meter is quite high, I have, to one degree or another, enjoyed the all of the ones I tried , for differing amounts of time, and have never tried an MMO, for the sake of it being an MMO.