There are two reasons to solo: need and bragging rights.
They're not mutually exclusive, but frankly, most anyone who records and publicly shares their exploits is leaning more toward the latter. Just posting about it is a lesser form of bragging, and sometimes it leads into the inevitable POIDH goading for proof.
On some level, the solos were all pretty much the same, bind/pin and DoT/nuke. Some would up it a notch and demand a phalanx of reraise items to just spam DoTs and repeatedly die. Others involved zoning a mob repeatedly, which could get it stolen from you or even MPK unsuspecting people.
I have two beefs with the braggarts. The first being that it's basically been a glowing neon sign against RDMs for the advancement of the job. Here are, 3 cap increases in, and quite possibly suffering because people got the impression RDM was "too strong" without considering other jobs could also solo, sometimes better in both speed and safety. You will very rarely see people ******** about a NIN/DNC, though (aside from maybe them killing a mob they were looking to). The second beef is the simple assumption that if they can do it, anyone else can. Gear varies. Connection quality varies. Platform use varies. There's some element of luck when it comes to resists and TP moves. In Rog's (Who got banned, Shadow) case, he admitted to using 12% movement speed hacks, and pinning itself is a debate against bug/exploit or working as intended.
Regardless of motivation, not everyone who solos posts here or documents it. Some blur the line and consider multi-boxing soloing. Some can only solo if they can pin. Some are averse to the idea in general. Lots goes on that we'll never see as we're never everywhere 24/7. And honestly, what some might consider a rough solo would be easy peasy for someone else for varying reasons. sh*t, as they say, is situational.
Edited, Mar 15th 2011 12:49am by Seriha
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