You're still acting like being a "flea" is a bad thing. In what other field besides video games is being dedicated to one particular product a bad thing? And no, SE does not need every last player reporting bugs and suggesting fixes. They have plenty of reports and suggestions to keep them busy. It's really ok if 5% (if it's even that large) of the population thinks this game is better than sliced bread. Please, tell me why defending FFXIV is a bad thing.
Being "dedicated" isn't the problem. I'm a pretty dedicated FFXIV fan myself and I've defended it on a few occasions.
But a "flea" is the person who isn't just dedicated but lives for the product as though it were a part of them. They're actually LESS dedicated than a fan because a fan will help the game grow via constructive criticism whereas fleas won't dare criticize the game because it's like criticizing a part of themselves.
A FFXIV flea will defend it from EVERYTHING, even things it doesn't need to be defended from. For example, a player posting about an issue they're having with the user interface would also be met with anger and hostility from fleas, showing them no patience because they "just don't understand" the interface. They don't even consider the possibility that the interface could be made better because, in their mind, the game is already perfection and anyone who doesn't understand that can go to ****.
If you get offended or insulted or in some other way can't handle the very minor group of people whose attitude is that this game is better than anything else out there, then that's your own personal problem. Their attitude will have zero impact on game play or development. There's no reason to "change" them other than your own personal little inquisition here.
They're not worth defending.
We're not talking about a group of misunderstood people who deserve a second chance, here. We're talking about the absolute worst kind of self-gratifying sludge to crawl the internet.
Let me give another real world example...
A new nightclub opens for business. The clientele that shows up consists partially of regular people, but a chunk of the clientele is composed of "nightclub snobs". Over time, the regular customers have more and more unpleasant experiences with the snobs, causing them to not return to that nightclub. This is perfectly fine with the snobs, however, as they prefer to feel as though they're part of an elite group because they feel validated by it and any "unworthy" patrons can go to ****, regardless of the fact that those patrons were paying customers and the nightclub needed their business. Soon, the nightclub closes due to lack of business. The snobs simply move elsewhere and set up shop somewhere else where they can feel special for being there.
This is what fleas do. They're simply using FFXIV as their means of feeling special. They have no ACTUAL love for the game and they likely never will. If they did, then they wouldn't choose to drive paying customers away from it because that does much more harm than good.
Fleas are looking less for something to play and enjoy than they are a banner to crusade under, and yes, they exist in every walk of life. I was a flea for a number of things before I wised up and stopped trying to suck validation out of brand names. Scary part is, I saw many fleas who were FAR worse than I ever was (which is one of the things that actually broke me of being a flea).
That's for you to figure out, not me.
In other words, no.
Edited, Feb 10th 2011 12:02pm by TheRealDestian