it is hard to understand why every post in these forums - save the posts about computer specs, that is - tends to descend into an argument of WoW vs FFXI.
The line of logic that leads to the "FFXI vs WoW" thing is as follows:
- Blizzard tells us that WoW has 10 million players.
- WoW is extremely popular.
- Because WoW is popular, it must therefore be good, because if it were bad, it would not be popular.
- I want to play a good game.
- Because WoW does X and WoW is popular, and therefore good, doing X makes a game popular, and therefore good.
- If FFXIV does not do X, it will not be popular (because WoW does X and WoW is popular)
- Therefore, if FFXIV does not have X, FFXIV will be bad.
The argument part comes in when FFXI players claim that they enjoyed FFXI, despite the fact that FFXI did not do X.
This is countered by someone saying that WoW "is better" because it is more popular, and the fact that FFXI does not do X proves it is therefore a bad game. This is then augmented by saying that the proof that people enjoy X is that "everyone plays WoW, and WoW has X, therefore everyone who plays WoW enjoys X" and this "X makes a game popular; not X makes a game unpopular, and therefore bad."
This is occasionally supplemented by the (also faulty) logic that "WoW is successful and WoW is popular, therefore the only way to have a successful game is to be as popular as WoW", which leads to "If your game is not as popular as WoW, it is unsuccessful, and therefore a bad game and not worth playing", coupled with "Therefore, if you want to be a success, you will need to be popular, and the only way to be popular is to have X, because WoW has X and WoW is popular, and therefore successful."
All of that is terribly full of holes, because some people cannot wrap their minds around the concept of "How can someone possibly enjoy a game without X?" or "How can someone enjoy playing a game unless EVERYONE is ALSO playing that game?" This usually stems from the logic of "This is an MMORPG and I want to play with a lot of people", combined with "10 million people is a lot of people", therefore "I want this game to have 10 million players, otherwise it will not have a lot of people, and therefore I will not have fun playing it" (Despite the fact that you'll never actually meet 95% of those million players ANYWAY, but I digress).
Bottom line, different people like different things. Some people just can't grasp the concept that "Just because WoW has X, does NOT mean that FFXIV -also- needs X". The failure to grasp this concept is what sparks the arguments.