I always feel like part of me has died when I come across things like this. I grew up playing ultima and I started playing UO at the official release. I played from the 97 release until 2009? Was a 12 YEAR RUN for me. I played Lake Superior from around the end of 97 or beginning of 98 until I finally quit. The game had become something entirely different than what I began playing in 97. At one point in time I had been playing UO for half of the total time I had been alive. I doubt many people can say that.
The memories are bittersweet to say the least. If you ask me when the game experience began to decline I would personally have to say when they released T2A the first expansion. Many would argue that the introduction of trammel was the tipping point. I disagree because the first time they added new content the game was never the same again. The first expansion brought with it the first wave of major changes that eventually lead to the state the game is in today.