Had another one of those conversations today. And I think it was with Edwyth (on an alt). (If I am wrong and the person I spoke to was not Edwyth, then I apologize.)
Anyhoo, I first thought it was that shithead Adam Westwood, who said he was coming on Leviathan to take potshots at me...
Turns out that the person I did talk to was talking to Chinchilla on Skype or such, and wanted to know how I felt about her still being allowed on FFXI at all...
Needless to say, that didn't start my Abyssea run on a good note.
At this point, the allowance of Square-Enix to allow players like Chinchilla and Keichan/Kaeko/Kanichan to continue playing this game at all is not only an act of fraud on the company's part (as well as on the parts of the individual players), but is probably the only reason FFXI still exists.
Additionally, the only question as to if to sue Square-Enix would come down to a question of standing -- vis-a-vis,( in a legal sense) what damages, if any, would be allowed.
Especially with the amount of cheating and illegal shit running rampant in FFXI, these "players" are probably adept to advance further and faster than the legitimate players even after they get banned.
In fact, the person I talked to today had the audacity to say that it was entirely Square-Enix' fault the Salvage exploits took place, and that they should not have banned anyone for the duping.
Realize, at that point, that you basically kill two cardinal rules of the game:
Q12652, which bans all conduct within the game which is not done within intended parameters.
and the exploit rules, which disallow all conduct which exploits code for illegal purposes.
The latter is the reason I GM'ed the current Campaign XP situation -- 3 times now without appropriate response.
You know, I realize, within the context of a social game which the players want to destroy the balance of (simply for their own benefit), that it is considered insanity to demand the rules be enforced.
As I told the person: I feel not only condemned because I vociferously speak out, I feel condemned because I refuse to use 3PP and bots and exploits and the like.
This is not a democracy -- the players should have zero say as to what is allowed and what is not. That they appear to have that says basically allows:
-- bots, completely destroying any hope that non-RMT players have of taking part in several functions of the game
-- RMT itself
...and I find it a laugh my discussion partner believes that all RMT should be jailed, as I do.
Face it: The players want to use any means they can (cockblocks, bots, exploits, Windower, etc.) to advance in the game (often at the expense of other players).
If Square-Enix does not have the right to ban conduct as it sees fit (but then has to enforce what it makes a Term of Service), then what ownership do they have of anything?
*sigh* One of these days...