You know, the hubris and arrogance of the players in this game really doesn't surprise me.
The LEVELS of it, though, are getting to be quite annoying.
I mean, if I had a nickel for every time I hear "YOU GOT SO FUCKING GIMP GEAR, YOU AREN'T EVEN WORTHY TO BE ON MY GAME... YOU A WEAK TARD, ME LEET...", my roommate wouldn't have to worry about the rent for the rest of the summer.
I get the impression that FFXI has become MtG ReDux -- to "win", you have to cheat.
It doesn't matter what kind of ethics you bring to the game -- it's all about "my gear is leet, yours sucks, and BluGartr is laughing at you for it".
(And someone did. What they forget is that I might be the one healing their ass during Besieged when no one else will -- or can!! Of course, the real funny thing: His "title"?? Starcade. *bow*)
(So much so that, when one player decided to tell me to my (online) face, basically, "I bot and SMN burn and I'm proud of it!", he got his ass reported to the Special Task Force, with information gleaned from his Blogger profile to come up with a name and an address (and an approximate home city) for the STFU to cross-reference.)
Do I expect anything done?? Consider the STFU's record...
But it is the only recourse available to me, and I just used it.
It just gets to me that it really appears that the more you cheat, the more "leet" you become.
Trust me, you don't want me to play like that. That's Denial of Service-type talk.