I completely agree! I struggle to understand how a cheater can have fun with cheating, especially if it were for a year or two. Granted I haven’t seen many cheaters play for more than one or two years doing the cheats as many seem to quit early or something. Normally I imagine many get burned out or quit early because of cheats or actually cheating and making a game too easy for themselves and most of the time, that seems to be correct.
Legit player like myself and other invest hours and somehow have fun for a year or more and keep coming back in some cases. If i cheated, well i wouldn’t be here today or have joined forums since id have quit years ago (i joined in late 2015 or earlier). Thankfully i didn’t cheat and the games more enjoyable that way.
I miss them days when even 1 elixir or obsidian took months. Not that I would return to them but it shows perspective that DQ has come far so anybody can find something to enjoy. I remembered when making a build was a one time (or few times) investment if you wanted to spent a lot and you had to really plan, otherwise heavily punished in resources. Then various bugs that added something to complain about that are fixed but added something to the game in one way after being fixed or op skill nerfs to try using different alternatives.
I first played this game without any real expectation of something deep and I was new to the type of RPG DQ was. I didn’t realize the depth and potential until going to forums after a little bit of casual play. I haven’t seen that many mobile games that come close to this in my opinion, especially being this easy to run even on a 2012 device, granted some lags. I still enjoy DQ, even if I like PC gaming or other games. Playing on smartphone and tablet still something I would do thanks to that. Eternium is my close second and then I play emulator for games on mobile as well. Just as good a reason why I am excited for DQ2.