The only thing that really strikes me is that it's sadly believable, if only due to the poor reputation that SE has gotten when it comes to "player concerns" in FFXI.
When I first saw this I was upset about the whole concept. After an admittedly hasty post and a little research, I'm seeing that it's less than half the story.
It just goes to show why SE was so strict about the NDA and at the same time why we wish SE was a little more forthcoming with info for us. This way we could easily tell what was real and what was made up BS.
The more I train, the harder I get. The harder I get, the more lethal I am. The more lethal I am, the fewer opponents. The fewer opponents, the less to lose. The less to lose, the more I let up. The more I let up, the more room for mistakes. The more room for mistakes, the more I train.