I always wonder what leads people to choose playing a particular job or class in an MMO. Is it the aesthetic? The playstyle? The class fantasy? I always tend to be drawn towards summoner-like or magic roles, but that's not always the case.
People will change their class/job, probably more so in FFXIV because of the way classes and jobs work. I wonder what makes them change. Is it a new challenge? To help their FC? To get faster queue times?
I can only speak for myself - I like the class fantasy element and I like to identify with a class. Recently that's manifested as dark knight but it's not really to help my FC (although that is an extra benefit) - I think that it's at least partially a result of how I'm feeling about life in general.
I've always played MMOs as a way to escape from real life. Sometimes because of boredom with it, sometimes because it hurts, but always to escape.
Right now I really do resonate with the dark knight storyline, and the subject of progress in the context of suffering. It really does feel like there is no way forward without it right now, but I think that's okay. What's important is that I have a coping mechanism in playing the game.
In my case, I nearly ALWAYS play a healer in a mmorpg, and White Mage was the most appealing to me. As people know, I love, love, LOVE White Mage and it will always be my main.
But, being only one job is not efficient, so I leveled up some DPS jobs to have more variety.
Sometimes others want to go in as the healer, and if I was ONLY a healer I could not go. But since I have dps jobs to fall back on, I can.
Personally I love tanking. Something about tanking a monster that is 488598949x's larger than me is so gratifying ;D
Healer, because I like to take myself out of my comfort zone and do something so selfless and yet so important. Other healers, white mage I abhor, but love holy so much. SCH, I love shields, the animations, and the pretty pet. Astro, everything you so is so fluid and beautiful animations
Dps: Bores the shit out of me..but ninja is fun?
I can't heal or tank to save my life. I roll archer/ranger in any MMO that has that as an option. I am not sure why, but I have always had an affinity with archery. I don't like melee combat. I much prefer being at range. It gives me the added benefit of being able to react to situations more quickly and run out of harms way sooner (at least that's how I perceive it lol). I also use gaming as a way to cope with things. Making friends from across the globe is a blessing, too! ♡