What's really sad, is that this game is still in development, is basically a beta, was released way too soon, was misdirected by the old team, and is still more fun than any other mmo on the market...
Doing the same leve quests day in and day out, mindlessly grinding the same mobs with different names denoting different levels (not even a color-scheme change, sigh) and basically experiencing the same limited "content" hundreds of times over IS NOT FUN
How UNfun is it? It's so UNfun that the president of SE ripped the old developer out of the driver's seat and replaced him, something that is UNHEARD of in MMO history.
And comparing it to every other MMO on the market? Assuming you've even played 1/10th of all the MMOs on the market, those MMOs have something FFXIV doesn't: quests, side quests, pets, guild housing, endgame content, PvP content, a huge, sprawling world that isn't copy-pasted, defined classes that actually have relevant roles...you name it, they have it, and by not acknowledging that FFXIV DOESN'T have it, you do your level best to kill FFXIV.
Let me illustrate this plainly...
FFXIV cannot currently stand on its own two feet with the playerbase it has now (even assuming EVERYONE who is playing for free would stay to pay $12 per month).
Yoshi-P sends out player polls asking what they need to change to make the game better and more enjoyable.
If all he gets back is "The game is GREAT! Don't change a thing!", then he has nothing to go on and this game will die a miserable death, one more miserable than Matrix Online and Everquest II combined.
This game is nowhere near what it needs to be in order to survive as an MMO, and nothing short of illustrating this point is going to help SE to make it into a survivable MMO.
I enjoy the game, but it needs to get a great deal better before it can stand on its own two feet and that type of blind fanboyism will do nothing but hurry this game into its grave...
Also, I'm a bit worried about the upcoming update list and how none of it really lists a good deal of new content as part of the soon to come (and by content, I mean new areas, classes, sidequests, pets, etc. just something to expand the game world)... Edited, Feb 3rd 2011 12:21pm by TheRealDestian