A friend has been encouraging me to try WoW. I think he just wants a zebra. I was considering it until I realized what a ghost town the lower levels would be with the expansion pack coming out. Packing invitations for friends in the expansion box seemed silly even before this stuff.
Maybe in a few months, after the initial burst of leveling and raiding, but I see WoW catering to returning accounts from now through Boxing Day. There is not a place for new players. Well, there is, but it is a vast, lonely field at the end of a long queue.