Okay, even if these features are necessary as you seem to tout later in your post 'defending' yourself from everyone else in the post, then answer me this? Why the **** aren't most of them and MORE included in FFXIV? Whether they are features or 'fluff' is irrelevant if they are deemed necessary for an enjoyable (translated lack of tedium/frustration) experience, therefore I regard your post as blind faith to a product that has problems that you are to 'devout' of a fan to simply not see them or downright choose to overlook them. Whether you invented the wheel or the next person is irrelevant when compared to its usefulness.
The problem here is that everyone who's against FFXIV is trying to justify their own versions of what is "necessary" in a game. The things I listed are things that I know people would ***** about not having, and the point of that list was to show that even the almighty WoW was missing quite a few features that people seem to think games should already come with. If we're going to be technical about what is necessary and what is not, one could argue that mouse clicking for movement works and there is no need for the "luxury" of using WASD. Other games worked just fine with mouse clicks, right?
I have not once said FFXIV doesn't have its flaws. **** yeah it does. What I'm arguing is the fact that every single MMO out there that has been released has lacked "basic features" in one way or another that wasn't implemented until later down the line. What everyone else seems to think is that FFXIV is the only new MMO that's done that, when it couldn't be further from the truth. There's no fanboyism here. The problem is that you guys are so blinded by your nerd rage that you don't stop to think that even though FFXIV is missing a few key features, it sure as **** isn't the only MMO that's done so at launch.
Point is, you can't pick and choose what you think is "necessary" just to try and prove your point. Arguments don't work like that. Either look at every side and base your argument on that, or don't try to argue at all. Shifting information around to try and help your case really doesn't prove anything, especially when information to the contrary is right in front of your face.