It's likely been so long since he played EQOA, he probably didn't think about sitting to med.
On to the main point of this thread, though. I don't feel there has been a decline in the competency level of the average gamer, I think it's more that the games recently haven't required as much competency in general, and when you get to a part of the game that does, people haven't practiced the good habits needed in those areas of the game. If the game challenged the players from the beginning, or at least early on, then the players will begin to form good habits that translate into the tougher parts of the game. Then when they're done doing the more challenging content, they go back to the normal content of the game and reinforce their easy mode habits.
He said he played EQOA, didn't you have to sit to med? At the very least he said he played Pantheon for a half an hour to get ready for the stream...and he didn't figure that out? That seems about as basic as you can get.
I don't claim to know anything about eqoa...I was to involved in EQ when it was released. That comment on the forums, that obviously bothered you about eqoa, was because the person I was responding to was describing EQOA in a way that made it sound very easy. You are taking it out of context.
I know you you have strong feelings about that because you never played EQ and it seems like most people on the forum did but that's not what this is about.
That kid is probably better than your average "current" mmo gamer. I don't want him anywhere near my groups. Granted, the lvl of play/teamwork in the streams is always very low but, man...that one stood out as very bad. And it's going to be even worse...
Edit: I just looked it up...yes you had to sit to gain mana in eqoa.
I don't see what EQOA has to do with anything ... I know you have made comments elsewhere that suggests it was an easy game or whatever. A lot of games utilize water for some sort of mana regen ... sitting to meditate was obviously an EQ thing so unless he played that game it would make sense that he would be looking for other methods to regen. I can't remember how it worked in EQOA but I know EQ2/FFXI both used food/water for out of combat regen. I think WoW did the same. If his character starts off with water (like you do in most games) it's generally a ration that increases out of combat regen.