I wouldn't call it "dead" but it's not the same ourWorld I grew up with. It doesn't feel like anything really "new" or "exciting" has happened for years and I don't want to see one of my favorite games from my childhood go up in flames.
I really wish they would do more item design contests (Like the 2012 Ultimate Summer contest) and/or offer more Country-related items (i.e 2012 Track Jackets/Bags/Flags) like maybe flag capes? Like if there was more involvement with the players of ourWorld for future item designs/ideas/contests I think it would be really beneficial to the game.
Not to mention so much of the ourWorld player base cares more about items and their "cost/value" that people have resorted to going against TOS and selling/buying for IRL money. I really wish there would be better ways to get older items because the gem costs on the Zoe's Club are way ridiculous (i.e +20K gems for Oct. 2009 Vamp set when 1k gems costs 20USD), it tempts the people that want older/expensive items for FAR cheaper to risk getting banned (especially the sellers, they can make some real money doing this before getting banned) and the Zoe's Auction always has the same-old stuff cycling through it because of item popularity, it makes getting a hold of certain older items nearly impossible (certain countries from the 2012 track).
I would just really enjoy it if there was more interaction with the player base and an improvement on how to obtain old items that won't tempt a player/players to go against TOS.
I understand that all of this could be implemented into ourWorld and it does nothing to improve the game because it's ultimately up to us players to keep it alive and functioning, but those are just some ideas I have.