Several things have brought this post to a head. I think I speak for most old players when I say these things.
First, we like when our accomplishments are permanent in the sense that they will not be taken away. Again, to use the WoW example, when a new update hits with new gear, they ninja-nerf the old gear to be worse. My friend was telling me how his one armor in WoW which had a -X% damage taken became -1/2 X % damage after a recent update in WoW. I feel this way about leveling summoner and how the dev team snuck in not 1, but 2 mp/tick perpetuation cost increases for all summoner pets for 75 to 80. My new level 80 summoner can no longer do things he once could because I am no longer able to keep my pets out. It's a ninja nerf in the worst way. Which leads me to my second point...
We like when our accomplishments are permanent in the sense that new content will not entirely outclass old content. We very much do not want WoW, where when a new expansion hits, regular monsters drop gear which is better than the old top-tier gear. I played FFXI for seven years under this belief, and the dev team has done well in the slow power creep. The Magian weapons are a huge power creep, the proverbial regular experience monster dropping better gear than the old top-tier gear. (Bahamut's Staff, and more recently Fay Crozier, anyone?) Sure, I can have the same overall perpetuation, but that requires I continue to do more grind. The dev team gave me an apple in the form of 75 summoner, then they took it back with this update, but offered the apple back if I did some more content. This is quite unpalpable. Which leads me to my last point...
It might not be so bad if the new Magian weapons were fun to get. However, as all endgame FFXI players know, the Magian weapons content is the biggest piece of sh*t in the history of this game. Apparently SE moved most of their dev team to FF14, and are actively trying to kill this game. The Magian content is horrible. I like FFXI's endgame grind because it various, Sea farming and gods for example. I like FFXI's endgame grind because it's challenging and requires skill. Even experience parties are more interesting and exciting than Magian breaking. Magian breaking is the worst content in the entire game by far due to its tediousness and capriciousness (weather anyone?). You want me to get 7 -5 perp staffs? That's ridiculous. Even playing many hours a day, that would take many many months of worthless content, not to mention precious inventory.
tl;dr I had free Fenrir and Garuda. Update took it away and said "You can have free Garuda and Fenrir back once you do these new Magian trials", but too bad Magian trials are the bane of FFXI existence.
So please, FFXI dev team, knock this ninja-nerfing off. Abandon Magian in its entirety. Make the game fun again and less drivel, as I am considering taking an extended break.
Edited, Jul 5th 2010 9:55pm by GerrardCapashen