I have done that. I like Pathfinder over 4e because ... well it didn't feel like a MMORPG in dead tree format. Which I find ironic given that both the EQ games and the World of Warcraft RPGs both felt more like a tabletop than 4e.
That right there tells me you've never touched 4e in any regular manner. Maybe once to confirm your pre-existing bias and then dropped when you forced it to fit your expectations. The "4e is an MMO" meme is old, is tired and completely false. If anything 3.x is closer to an MMO with their key elements.
Fighters are low damage/high armour. Just like a World of Warcraft protection warrior.
Wizards are glass cannons, with scaling spells per level, just like the WoW mage.
Rogues are high damage, medium armour 'positional' killers. Just like the WoW rogue.
The Cleric is harder to pigeon hole, but he can be just as healy as the Priest. And really, as devastating as the Priest when NOT healing. (I think my Arms Warrior still has scars from that Shadow Priest beat down he got 5 years ago...)
Of course, being a table top game, 3.x does and can have major differences, but the basics I outline above? All there in WoW and 3.x. 4e more or less flattened that playing field by making some classes better at what they do.
Now before I go on, I'd like to state that I HATE 4e. The only reason I play it is because Essentials makes it a little more palatable than the overly focused core books, but really, if I could, I'd rather run Dark Heresy, Deathwatch, Unisystem, Savage Worlds (either something generic, pulpy, sword and sorcery or Pirates of the Spanish Main) or Mutants and Masterminds 2nd or 3rd editions. But I try to make it the best 4e game I can, because my players like it and are having fun, which helps ME have fun too.
However, one thing I cannot stand is people repeating incorrect internet whinings. Now, believe me, I understand not liking 4e because you don't like what it brings to the table, but please do not insult us like this. We are NOT stupid. We will know when you haven't played it.
I felt a bit betrayed by the whole outlook of 4e, but then I'm a big multiclasser and right out the gate it was not possible to get a multiclass type like I was used to. Add in the 'simplified' alignments, the 'disenchanting for materials' enchanting and no 'ultility' spells (but that is a minor point).
And you think 3.x multiclassing actually WORKS? Try making a Fighter/Mage that allows you to have full caster progression, without breaking into the Prestige Classes, which tend to fall into two categories of 'Broken' anyway. Crazy Good, and Stupid Bad. I ran 3.x since release and I've yet to see anyone happy with multiclassing. They'd rather do hybridizing of classes (Which by the way 4e apparently does REAL well. However, as Essentials doesn't really have it, I cannot and will not make any assessment nor put for an opinion on it. I'd rather be educated on something rather than open my mouth) where you take the best of whatever classes you want and run with it. Not a perfect solution, but much better than Multiclassing.
Still, whenever someone trots out this little horse, I get warning bells. Now, I understand not everyone is this way, but whenever I hear someone whine about multiclassing, it's often (not always) because they want to do EVERYTHING, have no weakness, and not need the rest of the party. Essentially want to play God. Now, I'm not saying anyone here is like that, it's just that LOCALLY, I've had players all say similar things that make me cringe whenever I hear about multiclassing.
I do dislike the way that WotC and Hasbro pulled out their support of the 'Friendly Local Comic shop' and the fact that they killed off the dead tree versions of Dragon/Dungeon.
Really? Completely dropped game stores. Crap, I better tell mine to stop selling 4e then. Or promoting the Encounters (and soon to be for the Hardest of the Hard core, Lair Assault.) You know what's funny? Their newest book? Neverwinter Campaign Guide? Retail store EXCLUSIVE. Amazon and other On-Line retailers are not getting copies. Ever. You want the NCG, you go to your local game store (And honestly I am extremely lucky, because the guys who run the local one here in Ottawa are some of the coolest guys I know. I understand that some of you have less than good gaming stores, and for that you have my honest sympathies. Good customer service makes the store in my opinion.)
So for a company that's going online only, I... Am not seeing it. Especially with all the dungeon tiles, minis, tokens (I admit that I am a less than total fan of mini gaming, but eh, it's what they like, and it doesn't hurt anything really) maps, adventures, source books like Dark Sun (which I actually love, it feels very old school), Eberron, Ravenloft and so on and so forth. My local gaming store has a shelves of the stuff (And they also have plenty of shelf space for Paizo's stuff, like Pathfinder, I think at one point they had all the adventure paths, but now that some are out of print...)
So no, you're information is wrong about them going on-line only. In fact, if you're a game store, you used to get the settings and books (like the aforementioned Dark Sun, as well as Essential lines) days before Amazon. If you had a Tuesday release date for a certain book (Which is when WoTC releases stuff), there were very good odds you'd get the stuff a WEEK before release on FRIDAY, which you could sell immediately. Because WoTC dislikes online retailers. Even Paizo (which sells 4e stuff on top of Pathfinder. Smart company them, having their cake and eating it too) gets it only on the Tuesday date because they're on-line primarily.
Those are my rants. One of my buddies spent the last 20 years working as an 'at home' dad and sometime comic clerk. He told me when the orginal release of 4e came out, the folks working through Diamond (who supplies most of the FLCS' stocks) paid full price while WALMART got to buy the starter set at 50% off. Amazon I can understand, there is a HUGE Military market as well as otehrs, but WALMART? And let's be honest, after Amazon the FLCS is the people who do most of the sales.
Did you know that the original Red Box, way back in... '82? It was sold in department stores? In the boardgames section? It's true. And back in the 80s, D&D was at it's peak of popularity. And the various crazy groups proclaiming that it was a 'tool of the Devil!' was only helping TSR sell copies. I remember being mildly amused when I read that back in '89.
I'm sure, given the impending anniversary, we'll be seeing a 'New' DnD sooner or later.
Of course there will be a 5th edition. There'd better be, if Wizards wants to remain in business. However, I'm afraid that it won't look anything like 3.x as you're likely to be wishing. Hell, it's not likely to look much like 4e, to be honest, because gaming will evolve. So you'll have to find your vindication elsewhere.
No, the only reason 4e haters bring this out is because they have this fantasy of Mike Mearls and whomever it is they blame, waist deep in excess 4e products, begging them for forgiveness by not sticking to 3.x, so they can look down on WoTC from up high and tell them 'No'.
Now, in their defense, I think the folks at Hasbro got chumped a bit. They bought WotC RIGHT after the biggest sales rush of their short history (right after the release of 3e) and were expecting sales like that ALL the time.
Yes, yes. 4e is a complete disaster and caused the downfall of both Wizards and Hasbro. Oh wait, it didn't. Why? Because Hasbro bought WoTC for one simple reason: Magic: The Gathering. Which is STILL going strong. And I have a sneaking suspicion that since 4e is STILL selling stuff (Hell, like I said, Paizo is selling various 4e books too) that they're doing well enough.
In short, you don't like 4e, and didn't want to give it a chance. That's fine. But stop making stuff up about it, or repeating what the internet posts. Go do some research, or just state that you wished to stick with 3.x or go with Pathfinder. That's fine, we have no right to criticize your game choice, you have every right to keep playing what you like, but please, don't do this.