I strongly like PVP. I personally feel it should be planted in the environment of XIV. Not because of the hype of PVP but after all it is an online game. It gives players something to do when there's nothing to do. My only opposite opinion about it however is the rewards given when it was over. That's how it died in XI, and only was good for just particular interaction for competition. Especially relating to online games, XI had PVP was to encourage practices of combat such as tactical thinking, maneuvers, or even survival basis.
Something I don't understand from these replies above. If you hate it, why leave XIV? That makes no sense. It doesn't affect game in any way. More or less, consider it as a "mini game" if you will. Sometimes, a good time is a good time to kill. PVP in XI was primarily an aim for retired players where everything that is needed to be done be done. Be it end game, equipment, BC, you name it.
Bottom line is, people do not want PvP or at least open PvP because of all the griefing it would cause. Say you're trying to complete a Leve, time is counting down and you've got 1 enemy left. A BIG reward is on the line here! Just one more and you'll have the sweet (insert item name or guild mark amount) you've been wanting! Suddenly some jackhole comes up, laughs, and then just kills you on the spot. As you go down you just watch your leve timer tick away. You teleport back to the gate and run as fast as you can to the spot again. "Maybe I can just beat it with luck!" you think to yourself. Soon as you arrive there's mister uber-leet-jackhole waiting for you. All you can do now is watch as your timer ticks away and you fail your leve. Your big reward's now been lost until the next leve reset.
Now, does this sound fair to you? You let open-ended PvP in the current setup and this is what we're gonna have. People have said it time and time again. FF games have absolutely no room for PvP. You want to PvP that badly, allow them to use the coliseum in Ul'dah as a PvP battleground. Some will PvP for the thrill of it, others just do it because they get a thrill of killing newbies. FFXIV already has a bad rep due to the bad publicity. If SE even dreamed of adding in PvP I can guarantee you those who hate this game with a passion will purposely
return just to cause grief to those who enjoy it. Adding in PvP right now would just be the final nail in the coffin.
And by the way depending on how PvP is implemented it can have a huge affect on the game. Classes would have to be continually tweaked, abilities nerfed, HP adjusted, skills changed, combat styles modified, and that's the start of it. If it were open you would have to deal with bored individuals lingering around camps just waiting to kill newbies who even dared stray outside of the gates. People would sit there stroking their e-peens taunting and harassing you to accept their PvP challenge. I used to play EQOA and I couldn't go to any city without having someone spamming PvP requests and sending whispers, tells, whatever it was, to fight them.
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