people griping about the controls in the comments... ugh.
I mean, sure - YOU like using a mouse - but ME - I actually enjoy playing keyboard only. Who is to say which is "better" - crikes - I can't stand these whiny babies.
Being able to play however you want is "better." No one is suggesting that you should not be able to control the camera with a KB or a gamepad, just that they would like to have the OPTION of a control scheme that was designed by some one who has actually used a mouse to play an MMO before.
Calling people "whiny babies" is useless to any sort of discussion. For those who are used to the control scheme in EQ2, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Age of Conan, and virtually every other PC MMO ever made, the control scheme of FFXI does in fact suck. It offers no real advantage to those who DO want to be able to control the camera and character movement with a mouse, and it WILL turn people off and cause them to quit the game if they do the same thing in FFXIV, just as it did in FFXI. This isn't a new complaint; this is something that was discussed and brought up for 8 years in FFXI and was just ignored, to the detriment of many players and the detriment of the game.
Once again, the key word here is "options." If there are people who like the legacy controls for whatever reason, then great. I'm not saying, and no one is saying, that S-E needs to cater to the mainstream exclusively. But to acknowledge the importance of making the game more accessible in some ways (guild leves, for example) while having head firmly planted in... the ground when it comes to mouse controls, is ignorant at best. It's the sort of backwards thinking that came to characterize S-E for so many years with FFXI and it's the sort of thing that is potentially going to alienate them from a mainstream audience.
Arguing in favor of having worse/fewer control options is willful ignorance. It's like arguing that basketball players should only be allowed to dribble with their right hand or farmer should only be able to till their fields using a plow that's drawn by livestock. Just because that's what you do doesn't mean it's the best way or the only way. Edited, Aug 3rd 2010 5:26pm by KarlHungis