Got this gem from Jud a few days back, and had been meaning to write about it:
"Chin continues to do more good for this game and community than you could even possibly comprehend."
Face it... You defraud players like me, you're a piece of shit in my book, and so is her "employer", (and that is why I call them) Pet Food Cheater.
But it got me to thinking about FFXI and all the other stuff going on therein, and I decided to come up with some analogous (and, frankly, if you believe Jud, equally true!) statements, and to show you why I believe those statements to be equally true.
"The creator of (Windower/App/NASA/other illegal third party software) continues to do more good for this game and community than you could even possibly comprehend."
Let's get right down to brass tacks here.
First, there are things in this game you cannot take part in without illegal software, and, as long as Square-Enix continues to fraudulently look the other way, that's not going to change.
Without claim bots, you basically are shut out of HNMLS's.
Without Windower, there are mobs that it is claimed you cannot kill (like those who do actions precisely on certain percentages of life totals which will kill the alliance -- PW's final form being one example).
Without other illegal bots, you basically are shut out of the weekly Kupofried's Ring quests, etc.
But we're all supposed to accept this, right?
Bullshit. BUT: If what Jud said is right, these illegal applications would be some of the most important peieces of code in the game, because the game, to many, cannot be played without them.
Which see the jackass who said that if we didn't play with Windower, we could enjoy our $1,000 PS2, because that is what we are playing with if we don't cheat our fucking asses off.
"The Astral Burners and other 'griefers' continue to do more good for this game and community than you could even possibly comprehend."
This should actually be even easier. In the day and age where the game does not even begin, now, until you hit at least level 75, anything to allow players to level faster is encouraged...
(And, in the day and age where the little Internet pigs basically run roughshod over everyone else, if it stops another player from doing the same, the victory to the AB party/etc. is double!)
So exploits and using those exploits to cockblock other players is actually _good for the game_ in the eyes of a lot of these people.
In fact, if I had a dollar for every person who said that the Salvage banned should never have been touched, I'd have a year's worth of membership fees and then some.
"RMT continues to do more good for this game and community than you could even possibly comprehend."
I cannot understand how anyone chooses to pat cheaters on the back, then turn around and condemn RMT.
Here's the thing: If you allow players to abrogate the Terms of Service without penalty, you basically are then giving up any right of ownership to the content therein, if you are Square-Enix.
RMT, sickeningly, provides a valuable service to more than a few players in this game -- not unlike the Astral Burn illegal bullshit.
And it provides it to the players in both directions -- buying material, and selling material.
RMT, in fact, offers players the opportunity to advance their characters faster -- the only reason, probably, it not being allowed is that Square-Enix at least puts down on paper their assertion of ownership of their content.
They put a lot of other things down on paper that they fraudulently have no intention of ever enforcing, too.
Anyone who believes the likes of Chinchilla still contribute to this game have to conclude that RMT does so as well -- both to the players in the game who use it, and to the players who, ostensibly, are getting out and want to sell their characters for an ROI.
These are just three examples I came up with.
There's a take-home point here.
If the social aspect of Final Fantasy XI is as important as many players indicate it to be, the Terms of Service are null and void, and the only people who can really act to remove players should be the player base themselves.