As opposed to what? Boringly lame and slow?
Not everyone enjoys the faster pace. Sure its slower but IMHO the rewards are greater. Its much harder to recover from a loss when its on slow, Tactical placement of ships during battle is greater b/c they dont fly as fast. I could go on with a few more examples.
Problem is that most everyone now a days is use to fast paced RTS...Starcraft...C&C... they expect that same pace in every RTS they play.
Just b/c the current majority on ICO enjoys fastest settings, no pirates, and single random....doesnt mean there isnt a huge group of us that would get on ICO more often or log on for the first time if there was more diversity in game play online. Currently I only get on ICO to play the random DS game. But mostly play SP and LAN b/c well your verison of 'fun' sucks IMHO.
20-1 hour to pick teams. Anywhere up to 2 hours to get a game even hosted at times. Oh, you gotta prove your not a smurf...and if your happend to be new you usually get kicked for a clan member or other player. And if you do get a game started its one sided b/c someone knew who the smurfs where and stacked teams. Oh and there are the same settings every game. Its counter productive for me or anyone who is a casual MP player to even attempt to waste our time on ICO.
So yeah...its the community that is shooting itself in the foot.
Oh you know there is a save feature....sure its can be a pain to you get everyone back together but if 1000's of people can organize time do stuff in MMO's....FPS tourny....etc etc etc...I dont see why the MP community cant grow up and do the same.