Thanky you Sir. This is like the most honest and comprehensive statement on the whole gearing and raiding thing. Hark BW this is the truth and nothing but the truth!
Games that are persistent and have gear with stats will always be gear-based games. Gear makes up for most of the reason why you get beat by someone else in gear-based games, skill makes up the rest of it. You're not saying anything new. This isn't an FPS, this isn't an RTS, this isn't Street Fighter 4000. This is an MMO. Might as well complain about how terrible the storyline is in PacMan or why there's no pass interference in NFL Blitz.