Realism and immersion is nice to a point, but you have to excuse reality sometimes for the sake of entertainment. Star Wars could have made all of the scenes while in space silent to envelop the viewer in realism, but having a third of the movie be completely silent would make it boring.
That's pretty much what I was hinting at in my previous post. When people like a system or something else in the game they may use the "realism & immersion" talk to bolster the argument. If people agree they'll think "yeah that makes total sense." However, if it's a system you don't like, ***** realism & immersion.
We could toss in one of the other common arguments on these forums...."We don't want FFXI being like other games! I don't want a clone, it's a whole new game. I don't want it dumbed down to make it easier for you. If you don't like it, play something else!" Again, only if you agree with the system, if not then ***** anyone who sees the benefits of it because they're stupid. And how dare they tell you to play something else.
I just find it interesting how those same arguments get praised or tossed aside depending on the subject at hand.
Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying all this to defend the retainer system & market wards as they are now. They could use lots of improvement for sure. In my previous post I was just pointing out that there are benefits that aren't being mentioned. Most of this post however, was a complete derail to discuss posting habits on forums, my bad...Though a lot of it relates to the topic at hand... Edited, Sep 6th 2010 2:28am by TwistedOwl