As I write this, we’re knee-deep in the 24-hour maintenance for Final Fantasy XIV splitting up the North American datacenters. What will I do after the split? Absolutely nothing. I’m already on the server I want to be on, a process I accomplished by picking that server in the first place. Being on the roleplaying servers is far more important to me than any other potential considerations. Some people are transferring, though, and while I shan’t weep over the extra space to breathe (the server has been full more or less forever), I do think it leads to an interesting consideration of why people hop servers.
The usual and most obvious reason is to play alongside your friends, but sometimes it’s a question of which friends you’re playing with. Sometimes it’s also a question of something external, like hopping to another server because it has been designated the roleplaying server, or because it’s closer to your home and thus easier to play on. Heck, one friend on World of Warcraft transferred server because a friend of his had died and being on the server they shared was just painful for him. So what would you transfer servers for in an MMO?