The thing that astonishes me is that when someone states, "I think a search option or an AH system would be a good idea.", someone immediately starts saying, "Let's make this more like WoW, casual doesn't equal solo-friendly." This game in its current state plays fine. Realistic? Come on, hundreds of user created retainers standing in some secluded area, completely motionless doesn't create any sort of realism for me: it creates frustration.
So the other option is get a linkshell. Yeah, hopefully you could find one that will support your play-style, but what if you don't desire to be in a linkshell. Is the game just broke for you then? Are you not allowed to enjoy the game? I sure hope not.
The point is that SE listens to feedback obviously, and SE will never fix everything to please everyone. But people need to start working together. Bashing one another for individual ideas is just plain mundane.
I'm sure there are people that play this game 10+ hours a day, and others that would like to play it less, but not being able to upgrade gear, or progressing at a decent rate is very frustrating. Spending hours in a market ward isn't a lot of fun either, but a necessity.
So then it comes down to RMT. The only way to stop RMT is to monitor amounts of gil made daily. Would this take some long algorithm to track server side? Most certainly. But not implementing an AH will not solve RMT issues. Not having a mail system will not stop RMT. Having a check in place when large sums of gil mysteriously happen into another players inventory will fix the issue. In example, Joe suddenly inherits 200,000 gil. Check one: did he sell an item on the AH? Answer: no. Investigate, see what happened and track it down. Did he indeed sell an item on the AH? To whom and what level? Just make some checks and balances to monitor huge exchanges of gil. Will this fix the issue completely? No, RMT will never fully disappear.
I truly hope that FFXIV matures as a MMO and grows to span years like FFXI. I'm just from the school of thought that if it isn't broke, don't try to fix it. I am a programmer. I understand it takes thousands upon thousands of lines to create just a small area, an NPC, or a city. But the FFXIV's predecessor was a solid game, and with the changes over the years turned into an even better game. And I will admit that SE improved upon crafting a lot from FFXI, but don't try to reinvent the wheel. Not having an AH has its advantages, but I think the disadvantages and time investment outweigh it greatly.
I've been a Square/Enix supporter since my childhood. But it will taking working together to make this work, not pointing fingers and bashing people. However, this is the forums and it is the nature of the beast.
I enjoy a good debate, I think Aristotle once said it best, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Edited, Oct 4th 2010 3:01am by Mathias2k