Modern MMOs require movement that's quick and precise, and you just can't have that with keyboard turning. I don't even know if it's possible to set up XIV to behave the way XI did, but I'm sure it'd get you in trouble.
No, this is inane drivel that was brought about by WoW and the many following games that copied its movement scheme completely. If the game isn't lacking in the proper functionality you can easily perform movement that is quick and precise without a mouse. WoW and many other games did not have this functionality. FFXIV has almost all of the functionality, but the targeting system is currently not efficient enough to allow you to abandon the mouse in battle yet.
No, that's not it really.
Yes, it is.
It's actually a physical limitation on the keyboard depending on which you use. There's only so many circuits a manufacturer will utilize when making a keyboard and it can only take one input press from that circuit.
The crux of your argument is "If you use a sh*tty keyboard, you will run into problems!" No sh*t. This does not occur if you have a quality keyboard.
Keyboard and mouse takes away that hardware limitation and prevents it from becoming an issue in the first place.
And even in the case that you do have a sh*t keyboard, you're still wrong. Having a mouse does not all of a sudden allow keyboard combinations that didn't work before to work now. You simply have more lee-way, which would fall under the attack of the very argument you just tried to make.
Plus, as to why you could do this in FFXI? FFXI is a stationary MMO with very little movement involved during combat (I played FFXI with keyboard only as well). FFXIV is the exact opposite.
I definitely wasn't moving at all during early Kirin or King Behemoth, nor was I moving constantly to be behind a party member, in front of a party member, behind the enemy, in front of the enemy, etc almost all the time while in a party. Nope, definitely just imagined doing these things. If you cherry picked specific situations and specific jobs you would be right, but blanket statements don't allow you to cherry pick.
If they could fix the targeting issues that stem from objects causing LOS problems based on camera position, I could make keyboard only more effective than KB+Mouse in battle. More text commands would help too, and they really need to fix their functions so that they accept FirstName LastName so I can stop being forced to use quotation marks.
For now I'll have to live with gathering/crafting being more effective and/or fluent via keyboard only. Edited, Oct 1st 2013 3:29am by Deadgye