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I was never hooked on WoW, but I was a big player of arena shooters (UT, Q3, CS etc) back in the day.
I think it's fair to say that what you are looking for is a replacement in terms of satisfaction and validation, and it's true- Nothing else will come close. You'll never be able to "get into" another game in the same way because when you look at it all of the reasons you were hooked are pretty unique. You probably had a stunted social life and WoW gave you acceptance. You gained online friends and became part of a community, another life. When attempting to find this again in something else, it simply won't live up to the memory, like your first teenage lover, and you will find yourself though perhaps entertained, unfulfilled.
From here you will probably cease to see games as an all consuming hobby as you once did. Since I got a job and stopped spending so much time perfecting my headshots and straferunning, I have never had quite as much investment in the world of games in general; I'd describe it as being acutely aware of the futility of sitting and staring at the screen when you know you could be doing something productive or self-educating, whereas before gaming absorbed you completely and gave you release from the outside world.
I still play games a lot, obviously- But nowhere near as hardcore. I used to be the sort who upgraded to the latest graphics card every six months and so on, but I've left this machine untouched for nearly five years now. The hard truth is this: You change as a person. WoW was an element of your personality, and now that you have grown out of it, you must look for something else to seek fulfilment in. Don't move on to another MMO, because it won't be the same.
Remember when you were like, 13 or so and you thought Linkin Park, or Eminem, or whatever shite you liked then, was the best music ever, and you'll never change your mind? Yeah, you did change your mind, didn't you. It's kind of like that.