To be fair to gearbox, you’re missing one crucial factor: TPS.
When TPS launched there was ZERO farming. None. Cus bosses weren’t respawnable, you COULDN’T farm them. Instead, bosses dropped a single unique weapon (guaranteed) and had a chance at dropping a legendary, but if you missed it you had to use the grinder (or reset progress in UVHM). No more farming, just toss all that extra loot into the grinder and get a legendary that way. It was great, except it needed some work cus a few items couldn’t drop from the grinder and inventory space sucked, but the system was good and it let players actually PLAY THE DAMN GAME instead of killing one thing over and over and over and over…
And what happened?
I remember it perfectly. A bunch of players went crazy and complained they couldn’t farm.
Like, they actually complained, cus they weren’t able to farm, they had to play THE GAME instead. And maybe farm the grinder a bit, which was still boring but didn’t involve save/quitting or staring at loading screens.
If they’d just built the grinder into vending machines instead of forcing players back to a hub map, it would been even better.
And then players found one boss, the hidden boss, which DID respawn, so they farmed the everloving sh*t out of it, and complained that it was boring. That’s right, they went out of their way to do the thing the game wouldn’t let them and whined about doing it.
So 2k Australia made the bosses farmable, when they should have been focused on DLCs and stuff.
The end result was that the first borderlands game to discourage boss farming got forced to add it back in.
AND THEN, the new gearbox team, who were to make BL3, decided to try and discourage boss farming again, with the world loot system. And what happened? Players went crazy again and they were forced to add dedicated drops back so people could farm.
Don’t get me wrong. As much as I hate farming, I can see why having a set place to go to for a specific item would be better, but BL3 wasn’t designed for it, and this team did not do a good job trying to fix that. Hell it’s STILL easier to get some items as world drops than to get them from their dedicated spot.
Tl;Dr - So yeah, farming SUCKS and the reason we have such a focus on it is that the most vocal players chose that.