Well in my opinion, NMs and HNMs are one thing that make FFXI so unique, I've never felt such an excitement in any mmorpg I've played than I feel when I camp <insert any HNM or even NM here>. Not to mention the feel of accomplishment when you actually manage to outclaim the <x number> of other LS peeps on the spot. And that feeling when you're not sure should you cry or laugh from joy when <item x> finally drops for you. In FFXI you have to work hard, you have to "waste" your time and you actually have to make an effort to accomplish something, to get all that stuff you have wanted from the beginning, and this is what makes FFXI so great.
If you enjoyed that, awesome. You're entitled to enjoy whatever you like. I think what you'll find, however, is that most MMO players don't find countless
hours of absolute boredom to be a reasonable price to pay for 30 minutes of excitement. If it's possible to offer that 30 minutes of excitement without the dozens of hours of boredom, I think that's a preferable option, don't you?
There was no sense of accomplishment in anything I did in WoW PvE wise, all those so called HC instances became relatively easy fast and it lacked the feel of competition that FFXI has to offer in certain PvE elements, like HNM camping against other people. This is what I like. I get excited when the competition comes from other players in stead of NPCs, don't you?
You can't compare 5-man content in WoW to alliance content in FFXI. If you want to compare, compare raid content in WoW to alliance content in FFXI. You'll find a greater spread of diversity and you'll find that boss encounters in WoW raids could be just as entertaining as any FFXI boss encounter...minus the wasted time leading up to the spawn. If you like competition, that's cool. Competition in WoW is found in PvP. You know...player vs. player
. You don't go to a player vs. environment
event if what you really enjoy is player vs. player content, right?
So what you're really saying is that you enjoy player vs. player
content, and that's fantastic. The player vs. player
aspect of competition in FFXI when it comes to HNMs is a split second on a spawn. Holy cow...I commend your dedication to PvP if you're willing to subject yourself to hours of thumb twiddling for a chance at a split second contest.
Those of us who enjoy the game for player vs. environment
challenges and content don't always appreciate the idea that we should be excluded from that content because we aren't interested in PvP.