I've argued with plenty of folks over the years, so would need a bit more to go on. Gonna guess rdmdontdie or something like that by trusting my instinctual interpretation of word flow. :P
That said, I'd say the decline was inevitable between SE basically phoning it in with Adoulin, the preferential treatment of XIV, and the OF eventually existing as a more direct line of communication even if the people who couldn't keep their inner a-hole in check hated the place after getting banned.
If it's any consolation, I'm still pretty much dunking on tryhards in other games when it comes to them defending poor design choices, imbalances, and needless gatekeeping. Referencing XI has been an occasional talking point at times when trying to explain how similar problems wound up unfolding here. I'll just remain more broadly disappointed in the gaming industry and its descent into micro-transaction hell, mandatory online for games that don't need it, and the usual "as a service" blah.
Edited, Apr 1st 2022 12:02pm by Seriha
Violence good. Sexy bad. Yay America.