Whoa there, I'm not bashing American values. I'm bashing the average person I've run into in American PvP-centric games. FFXI was a welcome respite from that.
Either you've been incredibly unlucky in American PvP games or you're exaggerating your experiences.
I have played WoW on a pvp server for two years (and FFXI for two years as well to balance that out) as well as Warhammer Online, which both were very pvp centric games. Ganking was never a problem for me. Ganking is rarely a problem for anyone, because it is so easily avoidable. Wiping in WoW isntances, group wipes in FFXI parties, and accidentally aggroing an extra mob while solo questing all happened far more often than being inconvenienced by ganks.
If you don't want to get ganked then there are a few simple things you can do to avoid it.
1. Level in your own territory or near allies. It's highly unlikely that you'll get gank by a Windurst person if you level in West Ronfaure.
2. Level with friends. You're less likely to get ganked in a group than you are alone. In addition you'll probably have more fun playing the game with other people than by yourself.
3. Don't have tunnel vision. Keep an eye out for enemies and look around you while you play. You should be doing this anyway to make sure a mob doesn't spawn next to you in a fight and aggro.
4. If you do get ganked don't respawn immediately next to the ganker. No one can camp you; you can only volunteer to be camped. You volunteer to be camped by respawning as quickly as possible right next to the ganker or in the same area you were killed. If you died because mobs were spawning too fast around you would you go back to the same area and fight there again? Edited, Jun 3rd 2009 2:13pm by Allegory