We clashed around the forum more than once, lol. Fun discussions indeed, i must say.
I think it is because people (me included) love Age Of Empires so much, that they want the game to become perfect in every aspect. As i have grown up playing all AOE games in parallel with other games - RTS or not - i can say i got a lot of experience around.
Not being the kid i was, and puting AOE2 in comparrison with today’s titles i played, i see A LOT of flaws - flaws that weren’t possible to be fixed back in the day, and became part of the game with the passing of time.
As we have a new title coming up with all this promises made, we get the perfect opportunity to get all flaws fixed - ranging from small optimizations to cool and spicy stuff in multiplayer. Players end up targeting these flaws over and over, with the hope the game of their lifes gets better and better. But there’s always something to improve, no game is perfect…
People who think like me wouldn’t exchange Age Of Empires for anything - except a better Age Of Empires.