Look at the Salvage dupers. They were banned for cheating to obtain something which is now largely irrelevant. Why did they cheat? Because they felt the event was unfair in some way and they deserved the gear for having to suffer through such a horrid event and for putting up with all of SE's crap over the years. Sounds familiar.
Almost all the gear from that era is totally irrelevant now, including the gear of those who were not banned. Between people who duped and those that didn't do Salvage, it's not hard to guess which had more fun in Salvage. Ignoring content because it's impossible or the reward/effort ratio is too low makes it so the content may as well not have been added.
What about those like me who did Salvage rather religiously and didn't dupe (and thus can still play the game)? I'd say I'm having more fun than the banned dupers are as far as FFXI is concerned.
If people are content to do Neo-Nyzul for a year with a ~5% chance of winning and find that fun, then the reward/effort ratio of this event isn't bad for them. Most people aren't like that, though.
See, I think I'm being mistaken for someone who's like that. That couldn't be further from the truth. If it were up to me then entire game would be Abyssea-style. While I don't mind a reasonable challenge, I am not ashamed of easy-mode either.
I personally wish there was some way for players to make Legion's effort/reward ratio higher. As it stands, I've entered Legion once. Think of the fun I could be having if there was some way to make the event worthwhile. Oh well.
I wish it were better as well. I'd love to have more FUN stuff to do. Ain't nothing I can do to change it though except give SE grief over it.
People just need to admit the truth. It's all about the gear. This isn't some fight against The Man holding them down in the virtual ghetto. It has nothing to do with fixing a broken UI. They want gear. They don't like how the distribution system works. They cheat the system. It's absolutely nothing more than greed and entitlement.
First off, it's hard to be greedy in a system that rewards everyone that enters equally. Unless you're relying on the "You're cheating, but you're cheating yourself and are oddly totally fine with it" strained logic, this paragraph is pretty much DOA. Who gets screwed over when someone .dat swaps in NI?
Anyone who doesn't or can't I suppose.
SE patches the event slower? We seem to be in agreement that that is not the case. People have to suffer the marginally increased performance of their shout Voidwatch party members? That doesn't seem like screwing someone over at all.
And if the membership of that party is down to someone who's willing/able to cheat versus someone who's not then obviously the cheater has a clear advantage. Of course the leader will take the person with superior gear if given the choice. I guess that never happens though, or if it does it's the non-cheater's fault for not cheating to stay ahead or playing on a console.
Secondly, I guess, gear is the incentive to do every event. People hunt gear and improve their characters because it's fun. Again, comparing it to Legion where there is very little/no gear I want and which relies on an infeasible multi-alliance structure for NA/EU players in this day and age, I wish there were more worthwhile rewards or less effort involved so people would actually do the event. As it is, the effort required is huge (no one wants to go back to big LSs) and the rewards are pretty small (Abjurations that no one can HQ? Mage gear, when Mages are mostly useful in Legion? Why bother?) Furthermore, of the few NA/EU shells large enough to do Legion on my server (two?), I don't think either have won a chamber yet. You wanted elitism? There you have it. If only we could .dat swap bad design away there too.
No gear is worth it if the process to obtain it isn't fun and no event that forces me to alter game mechanics just to have a chance is worth doing IMO.
All I can really do is just tell them what they're doing wrong, tell them what I'd rather see, and don't do content I don't like.
You could stop giving them money hand over fist.
Then I wouldn't get to do the content I do like. It's too bad individual events aren't a la carte. Edited, Jun 28th 2012 4:11pm by Camiie