With new MMO's coming out left right and center, I think, why bother they're all just after a WoW like clone. But one of the things that strikes me, is how all of them (and this includes WoW) shamelessly copy each others interfaces and layout design.
So I went and put this together;
Comparisson of User interfaces.
I tried to get a good mixture in there, but the list of things doesn't just stop there. Things like exp bars, chat logs, compasses and much much more follow this same old style, and frankly it's just dull and repetitive.
You compare that to FFXI, and you see a much more cleaned up, original UI that doesn't look half bad.
I understand some may argue here Function > Good looks, but this UI is suited for one type of play style, which is also being copied, with midless clicking and hardly any strategies.
So well my point is, if SE stupidly followed this herd, although I'm sure it's not likely, would you still be interested in FF14, because I know I wont.