WWhat is the average age of the typical WoW player? I honestly have no idea but my guess would be between the ages of 15 and 20.
It's actually closer to 25-30, the only problem is that the younger players are more vocal and often get labeled as the majority when in practice they're not.
Doesn't disprove your point though, I'm 24 myself and I never played D&D until 3.5, of which I got a copy when I was 21 (prior to that it was mostly miniature war games and trading card games for me). I was born in 1983, so I was never even alive during the glory days of 1st edition, and most of the MMO crowd wasn't either since the majority of them are only slightly older than me - and most that were alive during that time were probably still in diapers when they introduced AD&D.
Necromancer Game's shtick has always been "1st Ed Feel". I'd really like to know how Clark Peterson and company intend to market "1st Ed Feel" to a target audience that isn't old enough to know what 1st Ed is.
There is some justification of course - because WotC is primarily focusing on younger people, the old guys are somewhat ignored. By focusing on providing a 1st Ed Feel using a newer system, this setup may become interesting for older players looking for more depth in their stories and supplements (disclaimer: I'm biased against WotC), whereas the younger folk don't even care for non-WotC stuff since they'll be out of money after paying for the core books and their DDI and virtual tabletop subscription