But you just said those where very boring and repetitive I would like to know from you what "interesting" means for you. How would those quests have to change so they would become "interesting".
How it worked as far as evolution in MMO leveling models was
Grinding monsters for XP in groups manditory
Grinding monsters for XP Solo or in a group. Grouping == faster. Skill chains magic bursts or super fast pulling to spice up combat. A step above EverQuest.
Questing for xp solo with the choice to join a group. A monumental step forward in evolution however grouping is dead at this point for the most part.
You can write an entire page about how this evolutionary process has gone its path and WHY exactly Questing for XP solo with the choice to join a group will garner far more people than before.
Its all has to do with how interesting your leveling model is in and of itself. Questing for XP changes your experience, you get to read a story that unfolds and it helps you forget that all you are doing is grinding monsters. However it also allows for your experience to change by providing quests that don't even necessarily involve combat. This is the single most important aspect wow has PERIOD. All other features beyond this are minuscule in comparison.
With FFXI Squares method on improving on the everquest model they opted to attempt to make the combat itself more interesting. Thinking of ways to only slightly improve on the old model. Banking on the fact that leveling with other players is also a way to change the players experience.
The next step in this evolutionary process is pretty obvious. Events like Wintergrasp, campaign, besieged are examples of the next logical step.
So if you have this evolutionary process it makes this argument silly. Any leveling model that guarantees an engaging experience is a step in the right direction. It might not be the direction things are currently going. But that's not important. its not impossible to make killing blue crabs constantly fun its just really @#%^ing hard. Those will have to be some insanely interesting blue crabs to pull that off...
Edited, Jun 11th 2009 12:05pm by thorazinekizzez
Edited, Jun 11th 2009 12:06pm by thorazinekizzez