Sorry for the long post, but I really felt like responding to some comments, and not making all separate posts.
My point is if buying Gil solely to obtain in 2 weeks something that normally would take you a month; why not make it possible to obtain that same thing in a shorter time without the need to buy Gil. Why not form a committee to come up with a way to do that. Because trust me, if people could obtain good gear, without necessarily making it too easy, but accessible by the casual gamer, then they wouldn’t waste their money on Gil.
This sounds like turning FFXI into WoW. But since WoW is already there, I don't see the need. Anyone who NEEDS RMT to get anywhere in FFXI shouldn't be playing FFXI. I am NOT looking down on WoW, I just see it as a product for a different group. FFXI was made to stay interesting for people who play a lot a long time. Those people should be able to show off the results of their efforts. Otherwise, they won't stay interested.
Also, to a very large extent we already have this. Much good equipment IS easily available. However, noone wants good equipment, no. We all want that ueber equipment that is the reward that all those hardcore nolife gamers get from their waaaaaay too long content. If people would really settle for good instead of ueber, that might already take a serious bite out of the whole RMT problem.
On the windowing issue, I don't think anything will have to be developed. From what I know, FFXI originaly had no problems with Alt-Tab. However, the first cheating programs were activated by starting FFXI, Alt-Tab to desktop, start cheat program, Alt-Tab back. SE decided to fight cheating and put in extra code to stop Alt-Tab. If cheating is remedied in other ways, Alt-Tab may be enabled again. In that case Windower would no longer be needed.
Explain to me how other games get a long just fine with a wondowed mode? EQ2, WoW, GW...you can window out of all of them and the admins don't mind it.
Before Windower was released, there were hacks and bots availible that ran dormant in the background, and you could do everything you needed to do within the game. Windower doesn't open the flood gates for hacks and bots, it just makes it easier to do so. Windower isn't directly the cause for the multitude of claim bots, voke bots, fishing bots, crating bots, guild bots, ah bots ect that we see everywhere. They were there before Windower was released.
What I meant was, that from what I heard (I started playing when the EU version and CoP were released, and all was already done) the first PC version had Alt-Tab enabled, and disabling it was one of the first steps in the fight against cheats. As you say, it failed in that the next batch of cheats simply worked it's way around the need to start when FFXI is already up and running. But the main point is, at first FFXI did have windowed mode. Extra code was put in to suppress it.
In the light of this, the notion of 'developing windowed mode' seems more like just taking out the code that disables it. In other words, if cheats are fought in different ways, the extra code to suppress Alt-Tab could be removed. I don't call that developing windowed mode, I call that taking out an earlier development. That is usualy a lot easier, and a lot faster to do.
Lets look at it this way. Think of FFXI as a garden. The legit players are the flowers and RMT are the weeds. When the weeds are out of control, the flowers do not grow as abundantly. However, if you remove the weeds the garden may look a little bare for a while but with the weeds gone it eventually fills back up with flowers.
What a beautiful way of saying it. Let's hope that some day we can smell the roses of Vana'diel just by stepping into the garden.
I don't know a single PC user that hasn't used the windower at least once.
You do now. /em raises hand.
If it wasnt so hard to make gil yourself then there wouldnt be so many people buying and selling gil.
It isn't hard, it just takes time. Impatient people will always complain when things take time. This game was made to take time. Got a problem with that, go find a game that doesn't. But don't ruin it for people who do have time.
If we all take the time to tell noobs/newbies where to farm and what to farm at whatever level then there would be no-one left that needed to buy gil.
Extra effect of gil-buying: People never ask for it, and never learn, so they remain RMT clients.
From the comments on Windower, I did get the feeling it might be nice if SE would have a look at the plugins and see if there are any that would make nice new features. In that case the advantage that people using those plugins have now would become an advantage for all. It's better to copy a good idea, than to come up with a bad one.
I noticed that we are already using the term 'the STF'. However, STF is more like a category name for a structure in an organization. Many STFs get names to set them apart from other STFs. I think this STF needs a better name than just the category name. Considering ViellaPheonix' analogy, I propose "The Gardeners".