It's a shame all those "snowcovered dwarven homes" are the same copy-pasted interior over and over again, just like the caves, the inns, and most of the other houses.
That was true 6 years ago in vanilla when mmos were just emerging, but not now that the world has been completely overhauled and certainly not in the expansions since vanilla. I could also argue that you can't even go IN anything in XIV. You can look at the outside of a tower. It's a pretty tower, but still just the outside.
Things also start to lose their immersive appeal when I keep seeing South-Park-themed NPCs; nonsensical fast-food containers floating in the water; hobos "hilariously" begging for hamburgers; and a player drive by on a stupid motorcycle with a licence plate that reads "PWN." Yeah, beautiful... >_>
So, for you, nods to things like South Park and Popeye are breaking points, as well as people enjoying motorcycles? I guess they annoy you in real life as well. I like to look at other mounts - it's a cool addition to the game to have personal travel methods and have some of them exclusive to certain crafts. I mean, in XI we all wanted to see what colors of chocobo other people had, and that's a heck of a lot sillier than folks riding motorcycles which actually exist.
I'll tell you what is immersive about that game aside from the things that were mentioned - it's ALIVE. And it's so alive, that if you are paying attention you will notice the environment change as the years go on, and I'm not just talking about phasing. In Stormwind there are a couple kids running around, and for the longest time the boy had the girl's doll and wouldn't give it back. This expansion? The tables have turned and now she has his toy gorilla and is teasing him in exactly the same way. I expect we'll see them dating soon enough.
It's little attentions to detail like that which makes the world immersive and lets you see that there are devs who love what they have crafted and want to see it grow. The people living there, live
there. They don't just stand around waiting for you to click on them for their 1 line of nonsense text.
Really, the WoW bashing really needs to stop. I took to heart a comment Osarion made in another thread regarding my knowledge of the game (XIV) in its current state and he was correct in that I hadn't picked it up in recent weeks and therefore there were gaps in my knowledge. I'd have to say that a good portion of you who bash WoW suffer from the same issue. You are complaining about things from vanilla that no longer exist, and frankly this expansion seems to have taken a page out of the XI handbook in regards to time sinks and making it no longer "faceroll 5 mans for a week for full epics in your quest greens".
Immersion is a living world you are a part of. They accomplished it with RPGs on the freaking SNES - they can accomplish it here too. They just need to, I guess stop worrying so much about the technology and worry more about what makes us interested in the game in the first place.