Even more ironic that the game is full of bots and RMT nursing spare characters for later use, hahaha!!!
I think I reported that head-twitching Dokf Skid and his gangbang party of startergear Lala Conjurers some
25 times before I quit. Seems like he outlived me nonetheless.
Yeah, Tanaka never did learn that it isn't the RMT you need to focus on in that aspect but the players. There are still many problems I have with it, but WoW *did* accomplish the affect that RMT really don't have much of an affect at all in the game anymore. If FFXI/FFXIV had made gathering of mats quick and easy (as opposed to the clunky and slow mini-games you need to play) you shrink the potential market for RMT. RMT exist solely because aspects of the game are so stupidly slow/boring that the general populace really doesn't want to do them, and RMT know they can just create a botting program to perform the action and sell the goods. This is the single most important lesson from FFXI that the development team never learned; if you make the players jump through hoops to do something in a game for simple, mundane actions then you only end up helping the RMT to get another market.
And before people cry "account theft" that's on the player end, not Blizzard, Bioware, or Square-Enix. The majority of the time it's unsafe browsing (aka PORN/P2P) and their complete lack of any security features because "I haven't been hacked yet!" It happens in all MMOs.
I usually hate playing Devil's Advocate, but Rinsui's post was in regards to the leve puppets. Not the crafting or gathering puppets. In 14 there are far more puppets doing leves that there are botting.
As well, I, and quite a few people I know, enjoy the crafting and gathering aspects of the game (though I do admit, pushing all my crafts and gathering to 36 was a little mind-numbing after a while, and I had to take a break... but I said the same thing about getting all of my combat jobs to 50...)
Right now, the balance of costs of goods is still off, and if you look at most of the items in the Market wards that sell, you can see most are not botted (e.g. the Class weapons, Materia, common turn-ins for GC). You may ask, "How can you tell they are not botted?" Easily... Different people are always selling them. Every now and then someone will get a batch of sales, but the names of the sales are always changing.
But, yeah, the sock puppet parties are funny standing out at Cedarwood in their onion gear dinging 48 Thm...