So I am going to play devils advocate here because I like a good argument on the internet.......and "Devils Advocate" is my in game name anyhow!
I mean if you feel the need to buy gold and cheat your way then it's going to show when you get to end-game. You'll have all the gold in the world and probably the most expensive gear, but that won't replace a shred of skill. So please go ahead and buy gold so I can laugh at you when you get banned and when people start reporting you as a bad player.
So you are saying that if someone is to buy gold then they are automatically just a ****** and can't play the game worth a ****? So let's just use me as an example. I am a **** good tank, I take my time, hold aggro and study game mechanics, to the point I won't run a dungeon until I watch a "guide" on the bosses so I know what's up and how to lead my team in battle so to speak. Due to real world stuff I work about 65-70 hours a week consistently and have a wife and three kids still at home. So my play time is very limited as you can imagine.
But by your logic as good of a player as I am, if I decide to buy gold then suddenly all of my player skill just magically vanishes? I figure my performance would increase because then not only do I have my knowledge of the game at top notch but then the same gear to match.
I personally think all the gil buying stuff is way overrated anyway. I mean most of the best in slot gear in the game is bound to character, so the stuff you could "buy" just doesn't seem worth it to me. Now I know I will probably never get all the BIS gear since my playtime but that just is what it is.
Most MMO's have started making the gear as such to help cut down on the RMT's anyhow. I just don't see why you would buy Gil this particular game, it is just so easy to come by. But then again I am only level 34 and I have no idea what the endgame stuff cost but I am at over 20k in gil and I haven't done anything other than dungeons, story quests and a few FATE parties........
This is my sentiments exactly......
Edited, Sep 9th 2013 4:23pm by Techsupport
If not, and players are expected to adopt a more "FFXI" mentality of "Ten hours of work for one hours of fun" then people aren't going to be extending their sub after their trial is up
You failed to see the logic I was using, by players who don't know what they're doing and just buy gold to get gear and look cool. They'll have no clue what they're going to do when they run end-game dungeons. The only reason why they got as far as they did is because they're carrying themselves around on a "silver platter" so to speak. It's like having a sh*t ton of money in real life, buying a Ferrari and then not knowing how to drive it. I'm only targeting THOSE players. For you to sit here and subject yourself to that kind of situation makes me question whether or not you understood the entirety of my post to begin with.
I understood your post just fine, you are labeling a situation you don't have any idea about, plain and simple. If you can come up with some data to back the idea that gil buyers are stupid and running around with a silver platter then please pass that information on so we can discuss it. Just because you disagree with something doesn't mean you know everything about it. You assume people buy gold get gear to look cool, you assume they will have no clue on endgame content.
I know someone that works with my company who drives a Viper Super Snake, and yes, he has no idea how to drive the thing to it's potential, he also went out and bought a Citation III to fly his kids and the family's kids around rather than taking normal flights like the rest of us. Under your reasoning, Brandon should be considered just stupid when in reality he runs one of the most successful business' in town.
I am only bringing this up because I played FFXI for a long time, about 7 years, and I can't recall someone with the top notch gear that where just horrible at their job. Now I saw plenty of people who wore average to slightly above par gear that sucked balls.........I don't know, maybe I can't wrap my head around this gil buying stuff, I just can't see someone buying gil who are complete turds.
I still think it is wrong and cheating for sure, no doubt. While I could afford it in my real life circumstances, there is no way I am going to buy gil for this game. I would much rather buy some new golf clubs or any number of things that I would get real world benefit out of.
WAR has access to enough enmity gear and enough hate-inducing JA to aggro baby jesus.
When I'm trying to decide what spell to cast I look at the mobs' weaknesses, check the day, check the weather and then calmly cast Thunder IV.