Things I Hate In FFXI - Vol. 1I know I spend a lot less time talking about FFXI these days. But that doesn't mean it isn't near and dear to my heart.
Still, as much as I love this game, there are a few things that have always bothered me. You know, those little things that you kind of let go because it's just a game.
I don't let things go.
You're surprised, I'm sure.
One of the things that has always bothered me about the game is the nature of the drop system.
Now, don't get me wrong. I completely understand the drop system is designed to make you work for things.
I get that.
But why is it only some rabbits drop rabbit hides?
If I'm out farming rabbits to get rabbit hides, I'm pretty sure I'm going to pick targets that have skin.
I'm not an idiot.
Hell, I can see the things have skin when I run up to them.
How in the hell do I not get a hide every time?
[GM]Dave defeats the Wild Rabbit.
Oh... Hey... Yeah...
Apparently that rabbit had no skin.
This is probably where you're going to try and come up with an explanation.
Trust me, I've heard them all.
Maybe your weapon damages the hide and only occasionally are they salvageable.
Sure, that makes a lot of sense, right? You're killing little bunnies with a big freakin' sword. You have to expect a certain amount of damage.
But what about when you use other weapons?
Are you trying to tell me hitting a bunny with a stick is going to ruin the hide?
What about casting Water? Is this some new type of bunny that can't get wet?
Nope. Doesn't make any sense.
While we're on the topic of drops, what about finding random armor on animals?
Why in the hell are the beastmen forces leaving keys tied to random animals?
Orc1>> Crap. I need to keep this key safe.
Orc2>> Why don't you just keep it?
Orc1>> I've got a better idea.
Orc1>> I'm going to tie it to this beetle.
Orc2>> This is why people think we're retards.
For those of you who don't play FFXI, let me give you an example to help you understand my frustration.
In a certain desert in the game, you can find a scorpion. A big, freakin' scorpion.
If you and your friends manage to kill this scorpion, he drops a really awesome helmet.
Now, at this point, you should be asking yourself why a scorpion drops a helmet.
Are you asking yourself that?
I don't know either.
Apparently, when someone was programming the game, they thought that scorpions should drop some form of headgear. Maybe they thought this was something scorpions actually did.
Guy>> Oh crap. I stepped on a scorpion.
Guy>> Wow. Look at this sweet hat I found.
Did we not have wikipedia back then?
I'm pretty sure I can check the entry and not see "Scorpions belong to the arachnid family and also carry hats around with them."
And nobody pointed this out to the guy.
It's not even like the scorpion drops part of the hat. Like he could have dropped a shell or exoskeleton or something that could be fashioned into a helmet.
That would have at least made some sense.
But no. He drops a ready made helmet. You scoop it up out of his tattered corpse and just slap it on your head.
It even has a chin strap.
Could someone explain this to me?
Honestly, I'm just sick of the whole thing. Make up some half plausible excuse about why only some tigers have fangs and why a ghost drops a cape, and I'll just believe it.
Seriously. I don't care anymore.
Give me something. Anything.
And why the hell does everything drop crystals? Who in the hell is running around just jamming crystals into pretty much everything?
Some of those bastards have five or six crystals in them.
Can anyone explain this shit to me?
I hate it when things don't make sense.