I hated open world NM as a means of character progression. I was motivated to do it as a matter of completionism and compulsion-- like an addict, really; however, years later in retrospect I realized that camping NMs wasn't fun itself-- I was just expecting it to lead to more fun. I was sitting there, basically suffering, but anticipating the rush. That's the thing that concerns me about players who, like myself, are inclined to set very high goals and overcome even the most ridiculous obstacles to achieve them. Because they are just going to be strung along by carrot after carrot, only to find at the end that the game as a whole was not a rewarding experience.
And these were the kinds of players who played XI, and will probably be the kind that play XIV. They won't be casuals. They might be people without a lot of playtime, but they won't just be logging in for a pleasant experience.
In psychology, we refer to two distinct kinds of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. These aren't to be confused with external and internal rewards. If something is intrinsically motivating, then you simply enjoy doing it for its own sake. Period. If something is extrinsically motivating, you're doing it to get something that you'll enjoy later. Work is extrinsically motivated for most people, but leisure activities have aspects of extrinsic motivation as well.
My point is that successful leisure time is all about optimizing intrinsic motivation-- feeling good. And if grinding and camping NMs seem like a good way to produce those feelings for you, it's probably time to seriously reevaluate your leisure options.
Now I know they addressed this later on in the game with the expansions, but to say camping things was fun is looking at it with rose-colored glasses.
This was also a good point-- humans have a strong tendency to remember the past more favorably than it actually was. I forget what the phenomenon is called (colloquially it's nostalgia bias), but as time goes on we trick ourselves into thinking that "those were better days."
Edited, Nov 4th 2010 11:55am by Kachi