Now that I think about it, things like certain doom in form of a giant meteor hanging in the sky on the verge of crushing into earth never stopped Final Fantasy protagonists from enjoying casinos and spas before. Seems SE went for realism this time.
Of course then there'd be people whining about the huge amount of hdd space they'd have to sacrifice.
But as an option, it's a good idea. Speaking of which, does the "install game to hard drive" feature of NXE support multi-disc games? If so, I'd say problem solved.
Those aren't exactly rumours, the game is out already for PS3, so we know what's lacking/different compared to previous FF games. But these are design choices Square Enix made for this installment of Final Fantasy, the game is what it is because they wanted to do it that way this time. It's not like it doesn't make sense in context of the story that the characters can't chat away idly with citizens and spend their gil in casinos and spas.