(welcome to the internet, grow some skin. sidenote: lol)
What a fool. How does being on the internet change *anything* about decent conversations/discussions? What kind of @#%^ing idiot thinks it's okay to be a complete **** or throw away any sort of decency just because they're on the internet? I don't think you realize how stupid that statement was.
I'm not saying anyone in the thread was acting like a ****. I'm just addressing what that statement implied.
Oh, BY THE WAY. I've probably been on the internet for longer than you, so shut the @#%^ up.
normal people + anonymity = jackasses
It's a pretty commonly accepted phenomenon. If there are no real repercussions for not acting "civilized" people will act however they feel like. Getting all bent out of shape over some forum goer's word choice (it wasn't like it was even particularly offensive) is hilariously noobish.
I do love it when people make presumptions about my age based on my posts though, and even better when they pretend like my age relative to theirs actually matters in the slightest in this medium (or in any medium really, you have to be pretty young or sheltered not to have met idiot old people or genius kids). classic
Shin, to a certain extent, I understand what you're saying, but it's not as simple as, "We want X. Here is our money. Now give us X." Ignoring peoples' wants IS a crappy business model. But so is trying to satisfy every whim from every player. I'm not saying that a male Miq is a particularly unreasonable request either, but to simplify it to the point of "we're paying for it, we should get what we want" just doesn't work.
You can't satisfy everyone's wants, but every poor choice you make knocks off a fraction of your player base or decreases the desire to play of your remaining player base (making them more likely to leave later if their needs continue to not be met), and when you're like SE and make strings of poor decisions even minor things really start to bother people. FFXI was a good game, I like the final fantasy series and enjoyed the friends I've met playing, but given the weight of the franchise, the addictiveness of MMOs, and resources available to SE, it's downright pathetic that the FFXI playerbase is soo small. If SE wants to make real money and not just keep halfassing it, they need to stop making major design decisions based on laziness and what the design team wants, and start making them based on what they think the playerbase would enjoy (start taking more feedback too!) and what would keep us happy the longest. Genders for every race is such a straightforward, (relatively) non-complicated crowd pleaser, it doesn't make a lot of sense not to do it.
tl;dr SE isn't "required"/"obligated" to try to keep people happy, but they're fools not to at least try (or put on the appearance of trying at the very least).