I'll reply to this:
I like 20-40 man raids. People love that. Super big bosses, team work.
I like PVP. I like to duel.
1) Large scale events - we don't know that they will be included or not since we don't know what FFXIV's endgame will entail. Given the fact that party size is already high, it will probably be included.
2) As far as FFXIV goes, you are in the minority. Most people, in fact, do -not- want PvP. Many people, myself included, would not have played XI and would not play XIV at all if there were more PvP, because we do not wish to compete AGAINST others, we want to overcome enemies ALONGSIDE others. SE has designed their games to be focused on people working with each other toward a common goal. This common goal does not include the cost of other players "losing" (because in PvP, if you win, someone else has to lose)
PvP is a feature that many other games have, which means that there is an opening for good PvE games that can appeal to players who do not like PvP. Players such as those of us who enjoyed XI for years and those of us who are looking forward to XIV.
PvP, if included, WOULD conflict with PvE. It -always- infringes. I have played many games that included PvP but were not open PvP and they all share common threads; you HAVE to PvP to accomplish certain goals, people want to duel you and insult/taunt you if you refuse to duel them, people harass you to join PvP Arenas or battlegrounds... I, along with many others, do NOT want this in the game.
In a world full of burger joints, you're going into the one store that DOESN'T sell burgers and telling them to sell burgers. If you want your PvP burger, you are welcome to go anywhere else.
SE has stated that they dislike PvP and do not plan to include it, or if they do that it will be severely limited. Many people are playing XIV for just that reason. Edited, Aug 11th 2010 2:04pm by Mikhalia Edited, Aug 11th 2010 2:05pm by Mikhalia