Standing out in FFXI was mostly about having lots of time and lots of cash. If you had the Peacock charm at level 33, then everyone in your level bracket knew your name. WoW simply doesn't have items that a low level can buy that max level people dream of getting; it's not possible in that game. In FFXI there was a huge disparity in gear between rich players and poor players, and that kind of disparity wasn't possible in WoW. It's also exacerbated by the very low skill cap in FFXI. If you were a melee character, you basically had to point yourself in the right direction, activate your class abilities every 3-5 minutes, and use a ws when you had 100% tp and you were about as effective as you were ever going to be. Gear--and therefore money--mattered so much more than personal skill or ability in FFXI for most every class.
Why do I keep seeing things like this in the XIV forums. Hum, well, lets see now.
I just love how people over-simplify FFXI combat when trying to make a point of it against WoW. I've already had a rather lengthy (and frustrating) argument with Aurelius about skill in this game - but I suppose it needs reiterating - gear means **** compared to skill. Pretty easy to see when I'm consistently outparsing every single other person with far better gear than me.
There is so many little factors involved in combat that your summary leaves out that can make huge, huge
differences in overall damage done.
Gear (and therefore money.. what? almost everything I wear is ra/ex - unless you're implying anybody who has any nice ra/ex item paid for it)
< Skill. Otherwise there should of been no reason I was consistently coming in top DD on my SAM with a pathetic +40~ STR WS set, no Byakkos haidate, NQ gear in every slot, and lack of merits compared to people who were geared better in every possible way.
As for "kings" standing out - the only case where money makes you stand out, that I can recall, are the cases where somebody is a total douche who thinks he is superior because he's richer than everybody else. I remember people for their skill, dedication and overall attitude. Do you actually realise how little people use /check? With FFXI's limited gear skins you aren't going to be telling the difference between a Haub and Haub+1, or dusk gloves +1. And as for relic users, who are the most obvious of the "well-geared". Well, on my server a relic is usually a sign of an idiot - we have so many who just suck
. If gear was as important as you've made it sound, shouldn't these people have automatically been destroying anybody else?
And you're only getting into melee skill (and really, only describing MNK WAR and DRG)
. The skill difference between mages can be staggering
. Sure you could just write my entire post off by saying "everybody is stupid then - FFXI doesn't need skill" like most do or with a "my experiences are contrary" but I'm letting you know about this from my perspective.