The Future Is Gonna Cost More MoneyA lot of people seem to be worried about the economy these days.
I'm not sure what's causing the problem.
Many people seem to think the war is to blame. Personally, I don't think it's a major factor. The market has changed several times since this war began.
Some people blame changing currency values, but that seems to be more of an effect than a cause.
Changing costs of food are caused by basic supply and demand for materials.
Honestly, though, it's not difficult to figure out what is causing our current economy crisis.
The damned players.
What economy did you think I was talking about?
Every frickin' day someone has to complain to me about the economy.
Blah, blah, the economy used to be better.
Blah, blah, the economy sucks.
Blah, blah, fix the economy.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready?
The economy ain't broken.
Write that down.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the economy in Vana'diel. Nothing at all. It is working exactly as it was intended to work.
See, the economy of Vana'diel is completely in control of the players. It was designed and implemented to be entirely dependent on player actions.
Do you know the only problem with this system?
Most players are idiots.
There's no point talking about how the economy used to be. That is the past. The past is not the present.
You might as well run on down to the elementary school and tell the kids how much a quarter was worth back in your day.
Today, a quarter don't buy shit.
I remember a time not long ago when twenty dollars would buy you a tank of gas. You'd go to the gas station, hand the guy a ten, and he'd fill it half way easy.
Now, try it. Go to the gas station and hand the guy a ten.
He'll have to go find a thimble.
Hell, he'd probably just waft some fumes into your tank.
But do I spend my day going into gas stations and complaining to the attendants?
No, I do not.
BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT THINGS CHANGE.
Sometimes, it sucks. I get that. No one likes seeing that piece of armor they bought for 14 million gil now selling for two hundred.
Remember that super expensive scorpion harness? They come free with a stack of mithkabobs now.
That Sniper Ring? You could sell it and buy half a stack of distilled water.
And why did all this happen?
No, no. Stop blaming the RMT. Sure, they screw with the AH, but so do regular players.
A lot of regular players.
Undercutting, price jacking, manipulating. All players.
The only way we could fix that is if we completely removed the AH system.
Or flew to all of your houses and hit you with ball peen hammers.
Do you know how much that would cost?
I don't know either, but apparently my supervisor said my plan was not "cost effective".
I would have provided the hammers.
The economy is not broken. The players are.
No, the economy is not the way it used to be. But that's the way it is. There's no point sitting around complaining about it anymore.
Let's stop living in the past, shall we?