Big worlds, small worlds, medium worlds, who cares? More variety = Better. If a world is too big, there are thousands of games with smaller worlds. No need to turn game design into one standardized pile of dogshit. Celebrate diversity, and encourage progress. As resources grow, so too will the depth of larger worlds. Better to have developers familiar with creating large worlds, so they can focus on filling those worlds in the future
My thoughts, exactly. It's just how I feel when I hear stuff like this. Nothing wrong with variety. If these types of games aren't your thing, there are plenty others available!