EDIT: Bah. It's Friday, I'm out!
Edited, Feb 18th 2011 5:53pm by RufuSwho
pah! and I already rated you down. rufus said dont complain about adding content or something like that. well add the content yes, just not in this detatched way. I want to see people running around killing stuff, not going into a cave and disappearing into the ether. I want 3 parties lined up on the beach pulling pugs, searching for camp spots with people around, meeting the randoms. being the random. epic immersive world. but with instance i have to sign up to pre defined dungeon instance, go through instance, exit instance, bye bye never see you again. except the other times i do the exact same instance.
I get where your coming from. I think instances have a place as well. For playing with your little brother. No one can claim our stuff and we can go at our own speed. Or if you have kids, the instance will wait for you to get back from a prolonged, and unexpected, AFK. Yes, a slice of single player in a MMO for the times you can't keep up with open world action.
The open world is not going anywhere. I think if you carefully read my post above you will see that I'm mostly advocating that all options be available. I prefer forced pop over timed-window NMS. The windows can waste a whole night. I'm not looking to compete for spawns.
Eventually, FFXI had instanced NMs, timed open world NMs, forced pop Open-World NMs, forced pop instanced NMs. Something for everyone. I'll go do some Assaults. You go camp Fafnir. Everyone is happy.
PS: What I said was
"I see that the idea of instanced content is making you rather angry. Usually when I start feeling intense hatred about video game content I take it as a sign that it's time to go outside."
- A rather provocatory statement. You are backing up your opinion with solid reasoning, so I thought better of it. I get unreasonably ticked off when I get rated down and I drank WAY too much Mountain Dew today. Really far too much.