Not only this, but assuming this is their current job, they will technically be fired. This in itself isn't a bad thing, I'm sure there's plenty of work over there, and they can find more jobs. But that's like walking into a Grocery Store, and telling the manager the cashier dude was a complete jerk, because he plays better at Pac-Man then you do. So he gets fired, over something so little. But I'm sure you wouldn't lose sleep over knowing you had just terminated the only income these people had over a simple game.
Playing Pac-Man better than someone is not illegal. They will be banned for doing an illegal act. This comparison doesn't work.
Some people believe bots are the same way, they take away the "fun" of the game. Well if your idea of fun is to camp a NM with 50 other people, only to have a 1% chance of ever catching it, not even thinking about the fact it could never drop the item you want, then by all means have at it. If you don't like it, you can always leave the game, *gasp* what a concept.
The fun of the game was when items cost an amount that people could buy them at. Want to know why the sellers camp NMs? It's because if you monopolize it like they do, you can push the price to whatever you want. The reason this doesn't happen when normal people kill the NMs?
1. Normal people don't play 24 hours a day doing one thing. It doesn't happen. When you aren't payed, you lose interest in something like that.
2. Undercutting. With a monopoly, there is no undercutting. With no undercutting, the monopolizers can push it as high as they feel they need to before people stop buying it. This was shown when Sniper/Archer Rings blew up to 800k - over on million depending on your server. Then, the numbers were suspended 3 days. What happened? Later that day
prices more than halved to 300-400k.
You point of leaving the game really makes no sense... why should I be forced out of a game that is otherwise incredibly fun by someone breaking the law. *gasp* What a concept.
So let me get this straight, you want a bunch of kids and adults to recognize your effort in making sure 4 or more people lose their job over a game, so you can have more "fun" in this game. Is that right? In another couple of years, FFXI will be forgotten, and everything you ever did will be forgotten in the game. So basically you've accomplished nothing. Bravo.
This one made me laugh...
Why does anyone play any game? Why does anyone strive to improve any game? Apparently it doesn't mean anything because it will be "fogotten", why even bother.
The answer is because I want to have fun now, in the moment. Almost everything I do that doesn't make me money that I put away or invest, feed me, or give me excersise, or build long relationships will be forgotten and won't matter. So that means having fun at something like a computer game isn't anything. Why are you playing then if many years later, something being forgotten detracts from the value now.
Rate up for the thread starter... love this post ;)