I have nothing to say about article #1 that I haven't already said in the Shattered Heart thread here.
I couldn't disagree more vehemently with article #2.
It was Beowulf who killed Grendel - not Beowulf & Eye1HitU in a team effort.
It was Hercules who cleaned the Augean stables - not Hercules, Sparkles129 & FumbDuck.
I could throw out other literary examples... but the point is it's a singular hero that takes on the task & gets the glory. That's what we remember & glorify. That's what I expect from my MMO.
More quests where you have to work in pairs or trios or more would drive me to canceling my subscription.
I agree with you on article #2 . I love playing RS and have been playing four years. I became a member after 2 weeks of free play. I talk to my friends, but I do most of my activities on my own. Not everyone plays just to kill a boss or to be in a clan. Playing RS is a way I like to relax instead of watching TV, etc. If Jagex started making the quests where I had to depend on another person to complete it then I would have no sense of individual accomplishment. ATM you have a choice to do things as a group or as an individual. That to me is the best of both worlds. They offer mini games that are group ways of training skills such as the Blast Furnace, Stealing Creation, Barbarian Assault, and Trouble Brewing. To counter balance those they have mini games that can be done as an individual such as Beacon Network, Jade Vine, Phoenix Lair, and more. If Jagex starts making the majority of their updates to cater to only those who think we must do things in groups and that "single players should be less effective than their cooperating counterparts" isn't that like saying unless we play as a group we are not as important. People who would rather not do the group thing work just as hard to achieve their levels and accomplishments and are just as important to this game as those who play in groups.
I want to add that I am not so great at combat skills ... I get nervous, don't always make a good decision, have slower reflexes than alot of people so I like the fact that people who are good at combat skills can get armour/weapon drops and they are tradable which allows me to buy them. I use other skills not combat skills to earn my cash. Players that use their combat skills to make cash by selling good armour/weapons drops they get are glad probably very glad those items are tradable.