So what? I haven't played the story in a long time, and haven't payed attention to the specialized forums for each game at all, but like an ancient wise man once said...
"With Ahto and Holowan, the possibilities are endless!"
I stick around for the "intelligent" debates, cool people, and modder created continuations of the story, none of which are influenced by the age of the game.
It would really suck if everyone left and I was the most experienced modder, on that day you might as well pull the life support
Hmmm, maybe there would be more people if my UberSeries hadn't signed of on that merger with duke nukem forever