My good friend Garro brought this up to me and I didn't believe it until right now. "The whole point of this game has become the pursuit of the best equipment"
For me, the fun in this game has always been talking with my ls family, crafting, seeing new zones, and slowly leveling my RDM for over two years. 73RDM as of right now.
I truly hate camping and NM's so for gil I've crafted. Im currently 91+1 cloth 60leather 50smithing 41gold and I've become rather wealthy from this.
The auction house is my farming ground...it is where I find items that are hot and that I can make for a profit. Then I wait for the right time to buy materials low and sell finished goods high.
My farming grounds have been warped and perverted by the overwhellmingly huge influx of rich idiots who just NEED to be the most 31337 player+1 in their sh*ty little universe.
Did you know what every 4~ days 150,000,000 gil worth of noble's tunics are sold...the same can be said for the vermy and the scorp harness (which both almost doubled in price since the holidays).
Utsusemi ni went from 800K to 3mil+
Crafting materials like spider webs and silver ingots doubled and tripled.
Everyone likes to veil themselves by thinking they are making more gil than ever as their common money makers now bring in 2-3 times as much as normal. But the problem is that EVERYTHING "desireable" went up this hih as well.
I just hope all those little bastards who took Grandma and Grandpa's christmas gift and went straight to IGE with it (by the way...Grandma has Cancer and Grandpa is crazy....this is the last Christmas you ever get anything from them because they will be dead in 3 month..../smile) truley enjoy the 10-20 million gil they each bought. So as all the little sh*theads of the world took their holiday money and made sales for IGE probably shoot through the roof...little Ling-Ling, the 8 years old chinese child laborer, gets a 1/4 cup of rice advance in his pay as his X-mas bonus.
Now HERE'S the BEST part...the gil sellers have the server by the balls. Players buy up everything they want at this moment but its never enough. You see, everyting just got more expensive, and now as the folks who bought leaping boots level up they need more gil for Emp Pin and Peacock Charm...well are they gonna farm it? HELL NO. Cuz people who farm and craft are usually not willing to pay these rediculous amounts. The gil buyers will keep buying gil to afford the gear they want so they can hit 75 and join an HNMLS, and be their leet MNK/DRK (because we all know people who buy huge amounts of gil usually dont even understand the game), and bask in how awesome they think they are.
But eventually mom and dad will stop buying the gil....and the little bastards will have to start turning tricks on the street to afford that V. Claw...
Pretty soon MMORPG players will flood the market on prostitution and the value of that will degrade as well.
You'll see people in the street with signs reading "43THF/NIN seeking party... will suck Richard for squid sushi +1"
And eventually the hand of God will come down from the sky and bring a swift and painfull death to the Earth...perhaps his/her next experiment in creating life will turn out better....
all i'm saying is...stop paying rediculous prices for items people. you will inevitably loose in the end wether it be your gil, rl money, your sexual inocense to a life of hooking, or your life to the hand of an unruly deity (btw God is a monk so he's allready pissed at everyone for not inviting him to parties)
So for anyone who made it through that...umm here! have a cookie!
I just typed this up in about 15 min while im bored at work. But to be honest I really am tired of what i'm seeing on the auction house. I just want everyone to know that it's ok to not have a hair pin or a scorp harness...you dont NEED any of this stuff.
Learn how to be good at your job and be helpfull to your fellow players before working about getting leet gear.
Thank you for your time
Edited, Feb 11th 2009 3:14am by Busaman