I consider myself on the "keep the wowtards out" bandwagon, but not at the expense of ease of use. There's a difference between "making the game easy" and "making the game easy to use".
I'm glad. For some reason a lot of people do confuse the two. Though I would use the term, easy to play instead of easy to use. What most people don't understand IMO is that WoW didn't succeed because it was easy, it succeeded because it was easy to play. Yes, it also happens to be easy, but that is really beside the point. There have been plenty of MMOs released since WoW which were just as easy, but are not easy to play.
FFXIV is not easy to play, but it is easy. I've never feared for my life fighting a freakin' Marmot! (Another pet peeve of mine with many MMOs, why am I a master of the forces of nature, starting off my adventuring career killing rodents....) But it is not easy to play. Doing just about anything is arduous. The combat is okay but every other thing is a chore. They shouldn't be. Crafting should be challenging because things are happening that you have to respond to in a skillful manner. It shouldn't be challenging because getting the items into their slots is a serious investment of time, or because you don't know what the **** determines how likely you chances of success are. It shouldn't be challenging because you have to leave the game to find out the **** ingredients for a recipe! Selling items shouldn't be a chore. Repairing gear shouldn't be a chore.
But they ARE! The people who see these as good things are the ones I cannot understand. It should be patently obvious that selling junk from my inventory should not take me 5 minutes. There is no enjoyment in selling junk, so it should take almost NO time. Repairing gear should not be an exercise in anything. If you must have a gil-sink in repairs, have it be a gil-sink. Don't make me go through the hassle of unequiping, changing class, finding item, entering crafting mode, finding repair mat, repairing, then re-equiping the **** item. And especially don't make me go through the **** process with every **** piece of gear I own.
And finally, don't make me go through a room filled with hundreds of retainers trying to find one **** item!
There, rant over :)