the first article...
ok, i have played RS for a while now, when i started it was very important to me that i become self sufficient. i wanted to gather my own resources so i wouldnt need to buy what i wanted or needed. at first, this seemed to work, but the longer i played, the more difficult it became.
if i wanted to use the best hatchet (the adze may be equal but untradeable, wonder why the dragon hatchet isnt?) in the game to WC, i either had to kill something and hope i would get the random drop or buy one. nothing i do in the rest of the game gives me this tool, it is worthless as a weapon. no matter my smithing, crafting, construction or any skill, i can not make one or obtain it with what i am doing while skilling. i wonder how much crying and wailing there would be if skillers got the best weapon in the game while farming high level crops. of course the same can be said about the best pick in RS as well.
i get better seeds from killing some of the monsters in RS than i can get from thieving from the so-called "master farmer". heck, i cant even get the occasional seed while harvesting my plots (has RS seeds been genetically altered to make me buy from the seed manufacturer??)
i can make, what seems to be, medium level armor, while having the best level smithing in the game. sure rune items sell and alch for decent cash, but hunting rune rocks is a real life pain in the rear. i can get the same armor and weapons in drops from monsters. but i can not make dragon, god, barrows, and many other items that were not in the game when smithing rune was king.
i can fletch, mage, craft, construct, mine, cook, thieve, rc, smith, farm, squeeze by, make potions, chop, burn, and fish everything that is possible for me to do in RS, yet i can not make a dark bow (some may require a boost, but i can do the limit of all listed, except effigies).
with very few exceptions, combat will net you almost everything you should need skills for. why skill?
with a bit of imagination, jagex could make some of the items available to skillers, in the least, allow skillers to get a very rare clue, or in the least a way to be able to make the items that we should be able to make (even if they make skills like dung, and make us get to level 120)
with effigies and assist, is there anything that combat players cant do?
wouldnt effigies be great if you could get them skilling.
the second article...
well, i may be an abnormal RS player but combat is boring to me. sometimes i like doing it, but the same can be said about all my skills. i have always jumped from one skill to another, and never busted my rear and solely done one skill to 99.
with the addition of shattered heart, i need to do 9 of the 15 skills that i thought i would never need to do again. in order to get the bonuses. i get to make fires for no benefit (at this time), cook (strange part is, i cant even cook what i want to), fish (again, i cant even fish what i want to), run agility (OMG!!! i never, ever wanted to do this one again!), thieve (thank the deities the seeds are at least slightly better than what i used to get), smith, etc.
so yes, i have said "i hate doing this", it is irritating that i need to do skills that i thought i was finished training (note: i would still do some of these skills, just not "train" them).
i work toward the skill level max, to me that is more important than how many toys or cash i have. that is the goal of this "game" to me. i have played many games in my life and still play them even if i HATE TO LOSE! so i hate to train ranging? does that mean i shouldnt play the game to its (skill level max) end? i hate to sacrifice a pawn, but isnt it worth it to win?
not every action in every game is always enjoyable, but as i said, for me, the point in this game is to be the best i can be. if i am doing combat, i hate to die, when i am chipping gems and they shatter, i hate it. but i keep after it to try to be the best i can.
some skills to some players at some time will always get a "i hate this" response whether in game or sitting at your computer ready to pull your hair out.
i do admit, when i see someone "power" training say "this is boring" and i respond "take a break" but then they say "but i want to do "x" . those players do irritate me. but we all want that next level to open up new possibilities for us, so i probably should not throw stones.
so i do play RS for the "reward" and it is not always the same reward or the reward others are looking for. i sometimes just stand around in a bank and talk with friends, i have danced with friends for literally hours, i change my bank around and other things that are rewarding to me. if i saw an interesting event and i hadent planed other things, i might possibly join in even if the reward was not "monetary" or "items" or "experience". but as i am sure many people do not live in RS and they have a RL, so sometimes, i want to play the "game" in a manner that helps me achieve my goals (to be the best i can be) and the times i do not mind just being in RS may not be the times the "events" happen..
No matter where you go, there you are.