I kind of imagined a ton of people all hanging around the Guildleve counter, forming parties and asking for others to join up. Joking, doing stupid emotes and stuff.
Thinking back, it was a stupidly naive vision. People aren't like that. And this never happened.
I'm not saying that the game doesn't still need improvement. But, actually, you've described exactly what I generally see in the game. Maybe I've just been lucky in what I've experienced, but one of the things that brought me back to this game was the natural sense of community that the player base seems to have. In fact, the only way to make parties right now is to stand around near the guildleve counter and shout. Thankfully, people are mostly doing this in an orderly manner. (And after playing a game with world-wide general chat channels, shouts no longer both me at all.) And, since so many people found that almost no one was in their LS any more, interacting with strangers was about the only option we've had. I see random emotes going on all the time between people not in the same LS, and sometimes directed at me.
While there are certainly bad things that have been needing to be fixed about this game, one thing I hope never changes is the slightly more laid-back attitude of the community that is interested in the adventure side of an MMORPG. I think something valuable is lost when an MMO becomes so results-oriented that there's no time to just stop and check out something new and interesting or help out someone who's not even in your LS. That's how I've completely lost interest in other games.
In some other MMOs, there are public chat channels that people can talk in, no matter where they are on the server.
In my opinion, this is a bad idea. It's something I grew to hate in Rift. I had to pay attention to those chat channels because it's what people relied on to make groups for anything, but they were largely filled with stupid chat about 10 different subjects and things like "WoW vs. Rift" flamewars. Sifting through the junk to find anything useful was painful. I'd love to believe that's not how public chat channels would turn out in FFXIV, but people are people. Edited, Oct 22nd 2011 5:49am by LuthienOfSeraph
FFXIV: Luthien Tinuviel, Elezen Female, Balmug (And will re-roll on a new server in August)
FFXI: Luthian, Elvaan Female, Bismarck (originally Luthien on Seraph):
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I've always been of the opinion that Warrior was the Swiss Army Knife of Vana'diel.