As I have alluded to elsewhere, most of my time spent in Final Fantasy XI was not actually time spent playing the game. I don’t consider sitting in Jeuno with a party flag up while I don’t get invited to parties to be “playing” anything. I was, back at the time, also willing to just sit there and wait in the hopes of eventually playing the game for hours at a time, which strikes me as insane back then. I didn’t even have Windower installed back then. How did I live?
I mean, unhappily, but aside from that.
These days I am far less willing to do anything like that, but it still comes up even though “start a group so you can level” is now a thing of the past for most games. Games that let you queue for content can have queues that take a long while. Sometimes you have a really long travel time from one place to another and the travel itself is boring. So how long are you willing to spend in an MMO not playing the game? What do you consider an overabundance of time spent getting to the thing before actually getting to do the thing?