I don't disagree with a lot of your points. However, I do think it was necessary at the time, and even more so today. The world was beginning to get too big to not have a central hub, and populations in those starting cities were not what they had been at one time. I agree with the underlying emotions regarding PoK, but I do think it was a necessary evil.I'm going to take an unpopular opinion here and say the the worst zone in the history of EQ is the Plane of Knowledge. It fundamentally changed how one navigates the game world. It changed it from an immersive world experience to something more like a lobby chatroom where you simply teleport to whatever area you want to go. It rendered the starting cities, which had their own unique and immersive characteristics, completely obsolete and replaced them with a very bland and uninspiring, almost sterilized experience. Consolidating the playerbase into a one-size-fits-all mega city was a solution to a problem that didn't exist.