And people! if your space bar is broken, assign a different key!
...if you really want auto fire you might as well ask for auto play!
I'm pretty sure allowing selected weapons (of any number) isn't quite the same as:
1.) Controlling your ship, having to perform maneuvers and get an enemy into a firing arc
2.) Activating skills (the real meat of combat)
3.) Power Management
4.) Shield Management
Yes, b/c telling multiple weapons to fire automatically does all of that for me.
Out of curiousity, if you DON'T want auto fire, wouldn't you just not turn it on?
If I want auto fire, why can I not just turn it on? Oh, b/c I don't have the option. Options == good.
Explain how auto attack in this game is any different than *ANY OTHER MMO IN THE WORLD* that has auto attack. Don't see people screaming to turn that off....
I vote NO, to full auto fire. you need to keep some skill left in the game.
button mashing isn't related to skill in any way. Skill is something related to training your own senses..like reflexes...something like Counterstrike would be considered in need of skills...to get better at aiming...being faster...outsmarting your oponent and having the better strategy.
MMO's aren't something where i would talk about skills. You need a bit of brain to use the right strategy but other than this it's just mashing the right buttons...something i wouldn't call skill. putting some on autofire like anyone wants won't change anything and is surely not related to skill...it just makes things easier you would have done anyway but not killing your keyboard in the long run.
If you really think that auto-fire is for noobs then let the noobs have the option to use it. The reason people want auto-fire is because the cooldown on beams is so quick, you have to press the key a *lot* and don't get time to manouver the ship. I had 3 beams on my ship for a while but I just couldn't manouver in combat OR one of my beams was quiet while I positioned myself.
Besides, even if it was enabled for all weapons, it would be pretty dumb to have it turned on for torps and anyone with tactics and skill will know this. So what if someone with low skill decides to have all-auto on, more fool them. But realistically it's a game killer for having more than 2 fast RoF weps.
As for engine limitations? I doubt it.
*Edit: Would be stupid to have auto-fire on mines for that matter... ^_^