I have been here in Gaia for 4 years already, and I must admit that even though I was on a hiatus for most of the time, I noticed that Gaia Online is slowly dying. In my four years stay here, nothing much changed, and maybe that's the reason why some of my active friends from before are no longer coming back. There's nothing much here that could continue to entertain users.
Gaia Online has been left out in the world. With so much advance gaming technology in the present, Gaia Online's system looks way, way back in the 90's.
I had so much fun in my time here in Gaia. I love dressing up my avatar, meeting up with my friends, teaming up with awesome people in zOMG!, but all of that fun is already gone.
Just a couple of months ago, Gaia Online had some serious inflation. The gold value went extremely high that my 10 million gold could barely buy anything. Years ago 10M could already buy everything in my wishlist. I know that items can change value over time but this sudden inflation is just too much. It's completely out of hand.
One thing that I really loved about Gaia is zOMG!. 80% of my memories were made there that's why it completely breaks my heart knowing that it has been shut down already. The decreasing playerbase might have caused it to shut down, but I can't help feeling sad. Although the game system was really simple, it was the fun that hooked me.
Without zOMG! and the dying system of Gaia Online, I consider this virtual world dead already. I even wonder why it's still going on for years. Every time I come back after months of hiatus, part of me is expecting to arrive on a page wherein Gaia Online is saying goodbye. I'm not wishing for it to happen, I mean, if the developers still has reasons and enough guts to continue the game and if there are still some players who somewhat enjoys being here, then I don't have any problem if the game continues, but my soul in gaming has already left this virtual world.
I would feel sad if Gaia shuts down, but at the same time I would feel happy so the game could already stop rotting.