I am very disappointed to learn that FFXIV now allows players to level up without playing.
You need only be in a party with someone else that is killing monsters to gain SP. For some, this may seem great. Perhaps I am in the minority of players who expect other players to be required to earn their Rank by playing the game.
I expected this to be fixed immediately. Or that there would be an outcry among players. But I've only seen an few posts on the topic, some of which have been rated down severely.
The fixes are obvious. Require a hit on the enemy. Lower the level gap. Require some player input at the very least.
I generally just play for fun. Why am I so bothered by other players Ranking up without effort? To me, it trivializes the game and makes accomplishments meaningless. When I meet a new player, I want to think that they have earned their Rank. That is no longer a safe assumption.
Is this to be the future of the game? Ranking up without even playing?