Afk is a part of any multiplayer game. It existed in XI long before abyssea, it exists in XIV. Blame it on the content, blame it on features, blame it on the combat, blame it on real life.
There's a difference between going afk to go feed your cat or have a smoke and going afk overnight while you gain several million exp for no other reason then you'd rather not mindlessly kill the same worm over and over and over and over....
The solution is to make the content engaging enough that people want to devote their attention to it and challenging enough that it actually requires that attention to be coordinated and focused on whatever the objective is. Edited, Feb 3rd 2013 7:45pm by FilthMcNasty
Hence I said"What you permit you promote".....
If you design xp zones with a lvl 30 requirement, no xp cap, low resource management, redundant job roles, no short boot timer(TE too easy and too extendable) and do not drastically improve older xp zones. You get afk promoted. They know this yet it is permitted.
If you have a claim system/enemy characteristics that permit burns or bots. You guess what? Per... it! Therefore you promote it.
I am just saying that if they permit something. Don't pussyfoot around. Come right out and be vocal, offer to sell a higher level character. At least then they make money and not rmt, the players who want to play the game the longer/ risk/rewarding way do not get cced by monopolisers.
I don't think they should allow bypassing content in any shape or form. Especially in an online persistent subscription based game. But I am not SE, my opinion means diddly squat, the exception being if I sub or not. Make it engaging, color it in diamonds, make the heavens align in perfect harmony. The facts remains, if there is a way, someone has a will. Leave a cash register open with no cashier or cameras on. Seventy people may leave that money be. But that seventy first guy sees the opportunity to cash in. Even if the other seventy tell on him. But the law doesn't punish theft. That seventy first guy is going to grab that cash and laugh all the way home.
What you permit you promote, what you permit you promote. WHAT YOU PERMIT YOU PROMOTE.