So I am going to play devils advocate here because I like a good argument on the internet.......and "Devils Advocate" is my in game name anyhow!
I mean if you feel the need to buy gold and cheat your way then it's going to show when you get to end-game. You'll have all the gold in the world and probably the most expensive gear, but that won't replace a shred of skill. So please go ahead and buy gold so I can laugh at you when you get banned and when people start reporting you as a bad player.
So you are saying that if someone is to buy gold then they are automatically just a ****** and can't play the game worth a damn? So let's just use me as an example. I am a damn good tank, I take my time, hold aggro and study game mechanics, to the point I won't run a dungeon until I watch a "guide" on the bosses so I know what's up and how to lead my team in battle so to speak. Due to real world stuff I work about 65-70 hours a week consistently and have a wife and three kids still at home. So my play time is very limited as you can imagine.
But by your logic as good of a player as I am, if I decide to buy gold then suddenly all of my player skill just magically vanishes? I figure my performance would increase because then not only do I have my knowledge of the game at top notch but then the same gear to match.
I personally think all the gil buying stuff is way overrated anyway. I mean most of the best in slot gear in the game is bound to character, so the stuff you could "buy" just doesn't seem worth it to me. Now I know I will probably never get all the BIS gear since my playtime but that just is what it is.
Most MMO's have started making the gear as such to help cut down on the RMT's anyhow. I just don't see why you would buy Gil this particular game, it is just so easy to come by. But then again I am only level 34 and I have no idea what the endgame stuff cost but I am at over 20k in gil and I haven't done anything other than dungeons, story quests and a few FATE parties........
This is my sentiments exactly......
Edited, Sep 9th 2013 4:23pm by Techsupport
If not, and players are expected to adopt a more "FFXI" mentality of "Ten hours of work for one hours of fun" then people aren't going to be extending their sub after their trial is up