Whether one likes or dislikes "competition" here doesn't really factor in, to me. The main reason I take issue with it is because unlike other content, it's so susceptible to being compromised. Contrary to what HocusP believes, botting does factor into your claiming chances. In a 1-on-1 situation, the botting advantage may not be insurmountable, but it is real. In a large scale situation, where many bots are linked together and the people using them know what they're doing, it's nearly impossible to claim. Certainly to the point where it's clear that you're wasting your time trying to claim it legitimately.
First of all it never became impossible to claim if you understood how claiming actually worked (which I don't think you do). There was a gray area after a mob popd, that no one is able to claim the mob (if u cast to early your move doesn't go off). All bots did was know the exact time it took after a NM popd to wait, and then auto targeted the mob and used there fastest ability. This took the human error (of casting too fast) out of it and in sense gave botters an advantage (advantage yes, anywhere near impossible no). This however didn't make it impossible to claim anything if you knew how to claim. It became mental knowledge, I knew to wait a split tenth of a second before I let off that stun, which would out claim botters a fair amount of the time. People that thinks its impossible to out claim botters either don't understand the claiming system, or just suck at it.
The competition of claiming NMs in XI stinks to high heaven. It's possibly the lamest competition in a game that people still play today. These are PVE games for a reason-- they're supposed to foster cooperation. If you want to compete, god, there are a thousand better games for that. Namely every other MMO, every fighting game, racing games, FPS... god, pick something, but for the love of god, pick something other than FFXIV.
Yes you should be the one to tell people where there should or should not be competition. There is more to competition then just killing people.
I think I've already made my point about why that kind of competition doesn't belong in XIV, or for that matter in XI.
You pick up an MMO to kill sh*t. Not to compete for a chance to kill sh*t. The challenge is supposed to be in downing the enemy, not in being the first one to the enemy. Disagreeing with that and wanting something different is fine, but it's not something you should wish on a subscription based game that you want to actually do well.
No, you pick up MMOs to kill sh*t. People pick up MMOs for a number of reason. I guess the people that just plan on playing the crafting classes do not count. The people that mainly pick up MMOs for the social atmosphere do not count. Its a number of reasons people pick up MMOs, and in the NM hunt you are still killing stuff, you just have to claim it first.
They already said NMs will be in the game, to what extent will be found out at a later date. They already mentioned random times as well. I hope they don't give in and make stuff 100 % drop rates. It mines well drop from a normal mob if its going to be 100 % drop rate. Its no longer special anymore if every single person on the server has it. Edited, Jul 8th 2010 2:35am by HocusP