Good luck beating any FF without cure.
You can beat nearly all of them without cure. They have these things called potions, but that's really entirely beside the point.
This again is not true, stop assuming everybody plays a job for the same reasons, people play different jobs for different reasons.
Really starting to have doubts about your reading comprehension. I never said that everybody plays a job for the same reasons, or even implied it. All I was saying is that people shouldn't play a job solely because it's so powerfully unbalanced.
I mean, all of the "different" reasons you gave can easily be summed up into two categories. People who actually like the job, and people who are only playing it for an incentive.
@AureliusSir; You make a good point about the fundamental flaws in FFXI contributing to the problem, but I don't agree with your assertion about tanks and healers...
People keep worrying that the mobs won't hit hard enough, or that there won't be a big enough difference between a tank and any other job, but that's not at all the case. What I'm talking about is almost purely a matter of stats and numbers-- tweaking them so that when building a party, two similarly skilled players are almost indistinguishable in performance regardless of job.
So yes, make it so that tanks still take far less damage than DDs. But make it so that DDs won't be up a creek without a tank, healer, and refresh. This is as simple a matter as making HP recovery a more universal ability.
People would still party with support roles even if for no other reason than to mix things up and check them out in action. Not to say that a tank, healer, support, DDs setup wouldn't be the ideal either, just not by so much.
Well, I'm going to be gone for a few days on a trip. Enjoy the reprieve.
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.