Ok first off, I know I shouldn't be surprised. At all. But, I am.
Why? Who knows... Maybe it's because I was one of that 1% of the human population who actually grew up with 2 parents (ok, it's probably more like 1.5%, but still), maybe it's because they instilled decent values in me (and a bizarre sense of humor), maybe it's because I'm a Taruta- ...er, Lalafell, and being so happy-go-shorty, I forget the evils of the world creeping into even our beloved games.
(I would have also accepted "distracted", "clueless", and "naive")
Anyway, due to my job, I've had much less time to check out the beta than I thought I would, so I've played very little so far. I decided to jump onto a new server where a friend is (Go Eske!) and start in Gridania since I haven't seen it yet. I finally get all the way through the opening cutscenes, through the initial gabbing with the [insert random RPG adventurers' inn/tavern/meeting place], and then it hits me...
Heartburn. Waves of red hot, choking- (drinks water)...
Rage. Waves of red hot anger and blinding madness fill my brain as I am smothered under the relentless assault of spam (which for a Lalafell, is like maybe 2 - 2.5 feet, sometimes more if you're quick and can crawl up the nearest Roegadyn's leg).
In my attempts to try and block this spammer, I discovered yet another little area of the game which is outdated: the chat window. The almost-standardized, right-click functionality of most major MMOs makes FFXIV's chat window look like SE hasn't played an MMO since FFXI. I may be missing something as I haven't spent the time in-game I would like, but if I'm not, little design flaws like this are going to annoy players new to the FF MMOs. User-friendly and ease-of-use go a very long way, and the lack of tends to turn away those trying something "new".
(by the way, for anyone looking to block a spammer and didn't know how: Main Menu > Social Lists > Blacklist, enter their name, exit their spam)
("Woo, wasn't this about gilsellers? GET TO THE POINT!><!")
This whole event made me wonder what SE plans to do about gilsellers, and specifically, their spam. The ridiculous chat spam was a slight problem in WoW, and it was a much bigger problem in Aion, but both of those games had a simple feature to report and block those players. The last couple of major MMO releases have had problems with RMTs spamming right at launch. SE really needs to find a way to control this or it will cause a lot of problems for the players (and possibly drive others away). Given some of the seeming resistance to change or upgrade to some of the features of current MMOs, I'm more than a little concerned SE won't have a solution for this for quite some time.