I realize this is a slippery slope argument, but you can't argue we're not headed there in one way or another. Compare any modern MMO with the games that founded the genre and you'll see that many aspects that defined the MMO have been removed.
Can you be any more dramatic?
The only defining features of MMOs are tactically designed timesinks to slow down people from reaching a goal, player driven storyline elements, and social interaction. Last I checked, every single one of those elements is in every single MMO on the market (even if they're poorly implemented).
Player-driven story? Check.
Some minute form of endgame? Check (except FFXIV).
Frustrating/pointless mechanics designed to **** you off (that are usually later removed)? Check.
So uh, what elements are missing? Trimming down the timesinks to make them more management and platable isn't removing them. Some of you, however, are so damned fearful of change that you won't be happen until dying in an MMO just permanently deletes your character, raid bosses fall from the sky to one-shot you for no reason, and it takes you half a day to reach your camp site to pull mobs for 12+ hours.
I think the elderly are more accepting of changes (ones that make sense, and attempt to make your playtime more enjoyable) than some of you former FFXI players. It's really, really pathetically sad.
EDIT: The last time I checked, having the option to teleport to and from places doesn't prevent you from running to destinations if you so choose. So, what's your whinging about when you're freely able to waste as much time as you personally want to get somewhere in the game? That option's there; Square-Enix hasn't taken it away from you. You're not required to use Anima at all and can freely pretend that it doesn't exist.
All I see are a bunch if children crying that people didn't have to walk uphill to school (both ways!), barefoot, in the snow with broken legs, and killing bears with their loose-leaf notebooks along the way -- all because the other children choose instead to ride the **** bus. Edited, Jan 4th 2011 1:25pm by StrijderVechter