I will probably pull mad forum-aggro for my opinion on this, but it's my honest opinion, so here's my two gil...
To me, there is only 1 type of bad player:
They are the type of player that will check the equipment of every player who joins their party and then boot them if they don't have the perfect eq for their level, thus forcing the rest of their party to wait (sometimes for hours) while they find another person to join... and then check their eq... (this was the sort of thing that killed FFXI for me)
They are the type of player that will insult and demean someone who is still learning their class, rather than calmly explaining how they can play it better.
They are the type of player to whom "fun" is ONLY measured in SP or XP per hour.
They are the type of player that, by their (usually superior or elitist) attitude manages to lessen the fun of those with whom they are grouped.
I could go on... but I think everyone gets the type of bad player that I am talking about.
To me a good player:
Sees the humor in an occasional accidental party wipe. (I've been responsible for a few of these, and I own up to it)
Sees a "green" player as an opportunity to teach (with patience, many new players can be made experienced knowledgable veterans pretty quickly).
Sees someone lacking good equipment as an opportunity to sell the equipment that they craft (or if they are so inclined, to give away for free).
Sees the endgame as a goal, but sees fun as a far more important goal (and one that is more easily and quickly achievable).
I could go on... but I think everyone gets the type of good player that I am talking about.
In regards to the OP, my kind of bad and good players have little if anything to do with game mechanics... so no, I don't see the game mechanics as a problem that will create more bad players, of course, I don't believe that the game mechanics will create any more good players either.
Again, these are just my thoughts, my opinions... and I hope that you all know more of my kind of good player than my kind of bad player.
please re-read what i bolded...that right there says you believe it won't make good players...hence everyone is mediocre or bad.
part of my point is the other day i was grinding raptors and my roommate started talking to me...i literally was not paying attention to the grind...was looking at youtube videos...would alt-tab back and throw in a cure every 10 secs or so and was on follow...i did not have to pay attention to anything at all.
and i mentioned this before, but the only challenging thing in the game atm are higher ranked leves on higher difficulties, however, i never see anyone at the nodes doing leves, either it is because there are fewer people logging or people don't do them because they thing it is a waste of time. i think they are necessary to complete to have a better understanding of how to play your class...i actually feeling like i'm a mage and not a cure-bot.
my fear is that people won't know how to do anything other than spam 1 button and random skills for sp. once you have that ingrained in your play style it is tough to do anything else, especially at cap when there is no point to sp at all. and the current sp distribution mechanics doesn't encourage anything else. Edited, Nov 17th 2010 9:48am by stripesonfire