I say that this needs to change with Dark Souls 2 by including a Player activity viewer that displays player activity in each of the different regions our characters have lit bonfires in. This data would include how many are alive vs dead in the region as well as a graph to show which levels are most active in these regions.
It shouldn't be too difficult considering the level of data tracking available nowadays and having dedicated servers should make it even easier. What are your opinions on this matter? What else would be nice to see on the main menu or in game.