I'm so confused... Why is everyone happy with graphics upgrades? That was NEVER the problem with the game.
I've been playing since release and I've finally decided to quit, even after the combat was made better and the dungeons that were implemented were fun. Why? Because when your progress is hindered due to a random number generator that is configured with a very low probability, you are NOT rewarded for your skill; you're rewarded for ignoring the message at the beginning of the game when you log in, peeing in a bottle and crapping in a bed pan while you sit there glued to your monitor.
Where the **** is the new generation of MMO's that we've been eagerly awaiting? The ones that will truly reward those that are GOOD at the game? I'm ashamed of you SE.
Actually, the graphics are now the number one problem with the game. I don't know a single person who plays who doesn't crash on a sporadic, yet consistent basis.
As for the "Golden Content", I would say wait and see what they have in 2.0. Expecting anything before then is a little pre-mature. They already said many of the quests and details of the current game are going to get rewritten. And that there is the level cap raise coming @ or after 2.0, as well as new Classes and Jobs, as well as alliances.
As well, there are VERY few good players in the game as it is. The large majority have the same cookie cutter send everything at it for the highest DPS and win. No matter what they design right now, it will just be DPS trolled into oblivion.
If you doubt me, get a party together to do a dungeon raid with a paladin tank...