Oh, but I can join a GOOD guild. Joining a GOOD Guild ™ solves everything. It cures cancer. It brings world peace. It solves the global warming. It even feeds the hungry children in Africa. Problem is finding one AND have it stay alive. You think you have found it after going through a pile of crap. Everything is peachy and you start getting somewhere in the grand scheme of things. Then some asshat decides to level his dramaqueen skill to 525 and you have this epic failure cascade that sends the whole affair straight to the guild graveyard. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for GOOD guilds and people having fun together, but when the game gets to the point where it requires a GOOD guild in order to be truly enjoyed and those are hard to come by, then there’s something wrong with the game and the community as such.
As a FFXI guild vet I agree. I think way too much emphasis is placed on guild selection and grouping with proper people, rather than casting a wide net and enjoying the game with others. The harder you make content, the more closed the game becomes, as people need to make connections to play as opposed to making them organically.