I prefer the system FFXI provided regarding the permanent nature for loot distribution. At this point (sigh...once again) WoW has created a numbing system that provokes no thought because the decisions can be reversed nearly indefinately.
Regarding the whining feud that's fueled by the "Zomg, that was mine...GIVE ME NOWZ" B.S. that constantly plagues WoW and loot crying, no thanks. WoW can keep their system. Sure, you could and would get scammed out of something every now and then, but usually more out of not sticking to the games social norm of working with a group of people you trust but instead getting greedy and working with someone who promised things and then didn't deliver.
FFXI had a fair, mature way of doing things. You either lotted and let the system decide, or the loot distributer was someone you, your team, and/or your guild trusted to distribute things fairly. Human error happens...I personally made mistakes distributing loot during Dynamis runs on one or two rare occassions. The result was my guild laughing it off because it's just a game, and they knew it was an accident. Unlike WoW, where a mistake would likely result in the desintegration of an entire guild.
*shrug*...just my opinion.
Let me preface this by saying that I am not a WoW-fan, and do believe that a lot of their policies and changes have in fact watered down the game. That being said, I completely disagree with you here.
Such painful bias. You're standing up for a stupid principle. Mis-clicks happen. Mis-allocations happen. If you were after an item for months, and after weeks of the item refusing to drop, despite hours of effort, it finally drops, and the party leader accidentally gives it to the person whose name is right above yours.
According to you, at this point, you should just laugh. The DRK has the shiney new staff that was supposed to be yours. That's okay with you because SE decided that all looting is final??
Human beings fail. We make errors. It happens. It has nothing to do with maturity. In WoW, you can trade the item to anyone else who was eligible to roll for it, as long as you do it (a) within 2 hours and (b) before the item has been enchanted. It's a good system. Unlike many of Blizzard's other choices, this one did not make the game EASIER, and only made the game SMOOTHER. SMOOTH is good (just like TEDIOUS is bad).
Guilds in WoW fall apart if they are greed driven - but so do LS's in FFXI. Your innate bias has made you so hate-filled that you just dismiss everything Blizzard comes up with as child's play, and continue to accept, like a peon to a god, everything SE creates at it's word.
The system in WoW gives too much power to the players in terms of griefing. I can run a group and loot on anything I want, whether I can use it or not. ****, in WoW, if I felt like I just wanted the 10g from that Polearm that would be a monumental upgrade for the Hunter...but I don't like his style or attitude, I could just roll it, maybe steal it...and if I "feel" like being nice, I'll let him give me 100g for it if he still wants it. I rolled it fair and square, right?
So you're a douchebag and therefore the system is bad?
You could just as easily ninja loot something in FFXI. Edited, Apr 13th 2010 1:14pm by Jordster