I mix up grinding and questing. Depending on how easy/tough the quest mobs are, I will either kill some more because I enjoy killing stuff or just get out of there. Sometimes I found myself grinding when I wasn't going to, such as waiting for the Black Widow for the Wanted quest. I killed half a level's worth of zombies waiting for her to spawn.
I enjoy grinding and understood that it was central to Aion. So doesn't bother me too much
Wow was quest centric. You never needed to grind outside of questing to level up. Here, this is considered medium grind for a MMO (especially coming out of Asia). What the graphs do NOT tell you is that the amount of time taken to grind that out does not exponentially climb up. Therefore, the grind is not really all that different at level 40, then at level 30. I'm sure someone's going to disagree with this, but its true, it just takes a LOT of focus and red bulls.
Oh yeah and I dont think those charts include grinded quest exp. Just quest rewards.
Pretty much. It took a good 6mo's in FFXI to get a job to the level cap (75). This was all straight exp grinding. There were no xp quest rewards at all. Meaning the ONLY way you were getting xp was the good ol fashioned way.
So far I have found grinding to be very enjoyable in the right area. I can pretty much kill a mob, gather a harvest, and keep doing this forever. I get all of the craft goods I need, and get trash loot for easy cash. the only real downside I have seen is having full inventory when there is not a shop nearby to take the trash loot. A bit boring sometimes, but I have been very pleasantly surprised at how much fun I have been having killing stuff. I have gotten to the point that if a quest I get requires too much research to figure how to solve it or too much running to kill a specific thing I say screw it and just kill what is at hand. Not sure how this will scale into the 30's and beyond, but ok for now.