Seeing that you're still an avid player of FFXI, I can understand why. (not being sarcastic) It is quite a diversion from the old formula, and draws much more from other MMOs it seems. Original XIV launch broke my heart though, for real.
It's because FFXIV was just that bad.
I played at launch, every melee felt like the same generic crap. Every mage felt like the same generic crap. Crafting was utterly disgusting. Leve grinding was idiotic. Everything took too long. Too many menus, too little content. EXP grinding was sh*t. Quests... what quests? Linkshell structure was terrible. No Auction House because OMG BUYING STUFF SHOULD BE AN ADVENTURE....
Basically all FFXIV had going for it was that it was pretty.
I may play FFXI, but I've also played CoH, WoW, LOTR:O, Eve: Online and a number of other games. My opinion of FFXIV was not impacted by FFXI. It was impacted solely by the steaming pile of sh*t that was FFXIV.
(second not my video but if I had done a video, that's what it would have been) Edited, Jun 3rd 2013 9:28pm by Pawkeshup