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The EQ zones you show are all several years old, and noticeably empty of toons. The newer zones, which unfortunately are not accessible to your entry-level toons, are considerably better, and those are the zones where most people now play. I don't dispute that WoW has better graphics than EQ, but the screenshots here exaggerate the differences.
If you really want to see an MMORPG with blow-your-mind graphics, try Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. Get a DX10+ compatible graphic card, a machine that can keep up, crank the settings all the way and sit back and be prepared to be completely amazed. The detail, shadows, and textures are a treat not to be missed. Not to mention the sheer expanse and variety of the landscape. Post a comparison to LotRO and the competition ends.
If you are looking for artwork or graphics, this may have some meaning. If you are after playability, and hopefully most interested parties are, then this doesn't give much information :(
You are comparing zones and models that are over a decade old to a relatively new game. I would like to see some screenshots from the recent Everquest expansion zones. Your comparison is like comparing a mac to a PC, only your using a mac made in 1998 vs a PC made today. Fix your Everquest UI, and visit some zones from the recent expansion, then compare to WoW.
I think Vanguard SOH is much better than both even with the graphics at half at max everything is just stunning including the flying mounts..
I did visit some of the new zones, but if you check out the blog post that goes with this photo gallery you will see that the point of the article was nostalgia for EQ when I played it. No doubt EQ is, graphically, better now than in the past, but it still pales in comparison IMHO.
I played WoW heavily for about 5 months and I have to agree. The graphics were far superior. I have given some thought to going back on I just don't have time and I am not sure I want my kids to get back into it as well.
Of course you need a top end system to run all those bells and whistles; whereas I'm of the understanding that WoW will run as-is on even a cheap generic PC. Not sure I like WoW's Warden Client snooping on my system. Spyware is never a good idea, and tolerance of it shows a lack of intellect. On the plus side, Blizzard is primarily an American company, Sony's roots are Japan. My problem is there are aspects of EQ I & II, NWN, and WoW that I like about each of them. In spite of each company "borrowing" ideas from each other, it's a shame we don't have all the good parts in one single game.
Blizzard recently removed the Warden. They can track that stuff server-side now. Warden scanned 3rd party mods for anything that would affect gameplay in a way that violates the EULA. Now that is tracked server-side by comparing upstreamed game data versus permissible game functions.