You guys REALLY need to get off this auction house thing, market wards work FINE with the search feature. Frankly they're a touch more immersive this way anyways. If you want to play wow, then play wow, (or w/e junk MMO you came from) but if you want to play games written by companies that aren't afraid to try new things and break some barriers once in a while, play SE games.
"Don't try to be original; just try to be good."
- Paul Rand
Immersive or not, it's still a bad design. If one had to choose between bidding on an item and receiving it immediately upon a successful buy, or searching for the vendor through multiple wards, I think the former would win almost every time. You have to bear in mind that they're designing a game
for people to play as opposed to a sim.
There's nothing wrong with being original. However, it's best to attempt to implement your ideas in an existing framework than it is to craft that framework from whole cloth. Not only will your ideas be more easily received (as people will be more familiar with the existing elements than the new stuff), but they'll also be built upon a framework that's proven to be effective.
I'm not saying it's not without it's faults, but how about complaining about "where the **** are the chocobo's?" THAT'S a valid question.
"Why can't I use my own custom keybinds?"
"Why can't I drag-and-drop abilities onto my action bar?"
"What is there to do aside from crafting, leves and behest?"
"What's with the gratuitous copy-pasta of entire stretches of land?"
"Why do crafts require you to create the specific components to assemble a piece of gear instead of making assumptions as to what form you acquired the materials in? (aka "Why can't I just purchase bone instead of a bone hilt?")"
"Why can my level 1 wear level 50 gear?"
These are all more valid questions than the presence or non-presence of a 200-pound flightless yellow bird.
I've gotten so tired of seeing the pessimistic complaint oriented headlines on ZAM that I've started to think that ZAM is actually what's wrong with FF. If you drop the topic people will get over the auction house and pay attention to stuff that matters....
Right, because stuff like chocobos matter more than making sure that your software is functional and easy to use for people playing your PC