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#1 Jul 14 2009 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Lately I've feeling somewhat apathetic about FFXIV, and to be honest, that's kind of bothering me.

When the game was first announced I was so ecstatic I could hardly control myself. I felt like running around to strangers and announcing the good news. (Thankfully, I did not). I checked the forums, gaming news sites, and SE website several times a day for any news...and every time I saw FFXIV anywhere I felt a surge of emotion.

But now it's died down. I'm not longer nearly as excited as I was.
Maybe it's the lack of news or information (although I can't say I'm upset over that), maybe it's finally acknowledging the fact that I won't be able to play as much as I did during my HS school days because of work, or maybe I just burned myself out, but I'm not looking forward to the game as much as I was before.

I think if SE suddenly announced that they're no longer making the game, I wouldn't care and my life would just go on.

What's bothering me is that, I don't want to feel this way. I want to be excited! I want anticipate this game as much as cult followers anticipate the coming of the mother-ship...but I can't.


What could have caused this?
Is anyone else beginning to feel the same way?
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#2 Jul 14 2009 at 2:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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This is fairly normal seeing as the release is so far away and the level of information we have can be described as minimal at best.

I guarantee that once we learn the meat and potatoes of the game your interest will be piqued again.
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#3 Jul 14 2009 at 2:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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Lately I've feeling somewhat apathetic about FFXIV, and to be honest, that's kind of bothering me.
What could have caused this?
Is anyone else beginning to feel the same way?

It shouldn't bother you.
The reason is because the initial hype has worn off.
Everyone else is feeling the same way.

This is perfectly expected and normal. This is why SE doesn't release more details about the game even though they very well could. The excitement you felt at the beginning was engineered by SE's marketing team. In a few months they'll let another detail trickle out that will excite you about the game again, and then you'll eventually get bored with that an go through the same phase.

They spread out information release to attempt to maintain hype longer and keep their game in the entertainment news to let information disseminate. If they didn't gradually leak important information up until release then they'd be forgotten by the time the game comes out/

The game will not be as good as the hype you're feeling. It's very easy to make any product seem tremendously better than it is, especially before it has been released. Every MMORPG developer used the same marketing tactics.

Know that the game will come out in about a year, that information will be gradually released about it, and nothing you do, say, or feel will change that. It's not fun to be a fan in waiting, but it's all we can do.
#4 Jul 14 2009 at 2:30 PM Rating: Default
When I was hanging out with my friends (the ones who play video games), I told them all about the new MMO game. I was excited about the news at first but the information isn't enough to keep my interest to sit online and talk about it. Like the other guy said, once we gain information that defines the game.. I'll be back in the mix. Now that I don't have as much time for online games, I try not to get overly excited because I may not find a guild/linkshell who will slowly progress as I will when I play it.. yet, I heard about it being solo-friendly so it's a big plus for me. I don't normally reply or sign up on forums but I decided to look into this one. I heard another forum topic like this on another website. It was something about can the (or 'a') game live up to the hype? Of course, I agreed with the people and their opinions. If someone was hyped about the game and it released, and was nothing like the player expected..it will end a dud or their expectation was too high, same = dud. But if someone was expecting a dud but ended up being better than they thought, it redeems itself. For this game, it is too early to expect anything out of it except hopefully to become better than FFXI. I'm not saying FFXI was a bad game.. just hoping it's better because it will basically define the next generation of FF online players and bring our FFXI players to the next realm.
#5 Jul 14 2009 at 3:25 PM Rating: Default
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That's a good thing in my opinion.
Being excited - especially this early in development when we know so little about the game - the expectations will just go through the roof, I've experienced this several times, where I daydream about a game coming out and how awesome it's going to be, expecting it to be the second coming of christ... - which it obviously won't be and I end up getting really disappointed and just stop playing.
Honestly, I wish I could just forget about the game entirely until it's released. -_- This pre-release excitement is killing me!

So, if you manage to stay apathetic about FF:XIV then good for you! I'd even tell you to try care as little as possible about FF:XIV and set your expectations really low; then the game will really blow your mind when it's released(well, maybe). :)
#6 Jul 14 2009 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Considering the state of things with SE right now, and the lawsuits they're going through, it's probably going to be awhile before they make anymore hubbub over FF14.

While it would seem that any positive news about a new game would work in their favor, the way the media works they'd just turn it around to the negative.

I'd say that September's upcoming show is likely to be the next news of any kind, and by that point all the legal mess will either be old news, or getting sorted out...not to mention some kind of resolution for the latest auto-ban fiasco. The same likely applies to FF13 as well.

I too am becoming less and less enthusiastic about FF14, but that's to be expected. You can't maintain anticipation when there's nothing to feed it.
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#7 Jul 15 2009 at 6:36 AM Rating: Excellent
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Consider your apathy a good thing. Let's face it, even if you aren't all that hyped now when news is released you'll be back in the fray, maybe not as fiercely as before, and looking forward to it once again. This is engineered...and smartly at that.

Games that stay on a constant hype are doomed you only need to look at Two Worlds for an example. They could never measure up with what we imagine, and then expect, them to be. Despite SE'S attempts to keep hype controlled with it's veil of secrets FF games are just too big a name to keep from wild, and frequent, player based promotion. Marketers walk a fine line between exposure and keeping a reasonable image of a product. How many people on this forum already have a game, which may be nothing like the actual FFXIV, in their head? Rest your head, evaluate the news, let the game come as it may, and then judge it unbiasedly.

Taking a step back is the best way to keep yourself from disappointment. Evaluation is good, speculation is ok, but expectation is a sin.
#8 Jul 15 2009 at 7:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Everyone feels the same way, just be glad you aren't as excited right now (even though you want to) trust me.. time will go by faster if you aren't constantly thinking about it. I thought about it for weeks everyday, and time went by pretty slow. Now that i'm interested in it, but not always thinking about it. I can move on with my life and before I know it. The game will be released (that is of course until the next wave of info is released).

Personally, besides game mechanics, I want to see more concept art, especially from the guy who did the large scale background.
#9 Jul 15 2009 at 7:40 AM Rating: Decent
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The feelings you get about the game are in the PR departments jurisdiction. They decide when and how information about the game is released so they can control how you feel when the game is finally released. Ideally they want as many people as possible excited enough to buy the game on the first day but not so excited that they are disappointed when they actually play it. I don't think a lot of people understand this process though. War did a horrible job with their PR as they got everyone so worked up about their game when it finally came out it wasn't really like anything that was described. Other companies don't hype their product enough leaving a large chunk of people that don't even know the game exists.

At any rate, I don't think the SE PR department is really doing a great job at the moment. As opposed to what most people are saying you shouldn't feel apathetic at any point of a games development. Most people say this because they have seen game after game destroyed by over-hyping so they think going to the polar opposite should fix it, which isn't true. You should be excited but not too excited. SE has gone too long without giving any information so people are starting to wander off. Granted, they can probably get most everyone back but why provide them the opportunity to leave?

In addition, this is not early in development. The game will be released next year (theoretically as early as 5 months away), we are in the final stages of development. They should be releasing a little something every week. It doesn't have to be big...just something to remind us what we are waiting for and to keep us coming the next week.

Edited, Jul 15th 2009 8:41am by Yogtheterrible
#10 Jul 15 2009 at 7:49 AM Rating: Good
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New info about FFXIV















































will probably surface in a couple of months

Edited, Jul 15th 2009 11:50am by Callipho
#11 Jul 15 2009 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
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I personally don't mind that they don't give us that much information as the process goes on. If they give us too much at once and do so towards the release of the game, I would have the feeling of having already played the game when I actually start playing.

Kind of like a movie trailer, you see all the great scenes of the movie in the trailer and when you watch the movie, it's like you already saw it and there was pretty much nothing new. Maybe it's just me though.
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#12 Jul 15 2009 at 8:06 AM Rating: Decent
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At any rate, I don't think the SE PR department is really doing a great job at the moment. As opposed to what most people are saying you shouldn't feel apathetic at any point of a games development. Most people say this because they have seen game after game destroyed by over-hyping so they think going to the polar opposite should fix it, which isn't true. You should be excited but not too excited. SE has gone too long without giving any information so people are starting to wander off. Granted, they can probably get most everyone back but why provide them the opportunity to leave?

In addition, this is not early in development. The game will be released next year (theoretically as early as 5 months away), we are in the final stages of development. They should be releasing a little something every week. It doesn't have to be big...just something to remind us what we are waiting for and to keep us coming the next week.


Knowing that FF13 will be released first, and they want an extended beta for FFXIV, we all know that its more likely the game will be released late 2010. That being said, I think SE is smart and is doing a much better job then most people think in the PR department. The best thing you can do when a game is far from being released (late 2010 isn't that soon), is to give small chunks of information and let people speculate for themselves. This way speculation can never be looked at as a misrepresentation of the game because speculation is all made up upon the players and not the developers themselves. When you give out solid details this early, you increase the expectations because now things become a fact instead of just player speculation.

As the game gets closer to release and beta, more information will come out. The forums will spread with tons of speculation threads everytime a small chunk of information is released. This allows players to speculate for themselves, and makes sure the game doesn't become overly hyped too early. Anything overly hyped will have a hard time living up to expectations, even if its a solid game (esp a game overly hyped a year + before release). More information is coming just be patient, the beta will also be the most important source of information and thats coming as well. Seriously what good would it do SE, to give you exact details of stuff like battle system, jobs, crafting, and important things with the game far from release, and at least months away from beta stage. This would kill a lot of player speculation, and increase the expectations of an already highly expected game (with the FF name).

Note: I'm hoping for The Tokyo Game Show, to be the next source of real information about FFXIV.

#13 Jul 15 2009 at 8:39 AM Rating: Good
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Games that stay on a constant hype are doomed you only need to look at Two Worlds for an example.


Oh that game was terrible. I was really hyped for it and when I finally got it I was so disappointed!

I suppose I'll try not to think about it too much.
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#14 Jul 17 2009 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Once new info comes out like another poster had mentioned you will be excited again.. Just think of the reaction you had when the info was released that FFXIV was finally a reality and a release date confirmed 2010!

Note: I to belive the next bit of info will be at The Toyko Game Show. (Sept)




#15 Jul 17 2009 at 9:01 PM Rating: Good
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Anyone else beginning to feel...apathetic?


Yep.
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#16 Jul 18 2009 at 11:34 AM Rating: Decent
I am. In fact, my life is spiraling downward.
I couldn't get enough money to go to the Blood Red Romance and Suffocate Me Dry concert.
It sucks 'cause they play some of my favorite songs like "Stab My Heart Because I Love You" and
"Rip Apart My Soul", and of course,
"Stabby Rip Stab Stab".
And it doesn't help that I couldn't get my hair to do that flippy thing either.
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#17 Jul 19 2009 at 5:24 AM Rating: Decent
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I do know how you mean and I can sorta see that you and I are not alone. These boards have died down a little since I NEEDED to register and talk about it. Now I just don't know what to talk about with regards to it. I love speculating but I'm getting board of that. I want to know what's going on with the game, I feel the second we're giving just a little information about either the battle system or growth, our excitment will return.
#18 Jul 19 2009 at 7:17 PM Rating: Excellent
Expect more info (and possibly even another trailer) to surface during the Tokyo Game Show. I'd also expect more info about the beta to be released during that event.

Yes, the initial hype has worn off, but I'm still stoked about this game. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to buy a PS3 or a new computer.

Choices!
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#19 Jul 20 2009 at 9:19 PM Rating: Good
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Thayos wrote:
Expect more info (and possibly even another trailer) to surface during the Tokyo Game Show. I'd also expect more info about the beta to be released during that event.

Yes, the initial hype has worn off, but I'm still stoked about this game. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to buy a PS3 or a new computer.

Choices!


I'm debating whether buying a second PS3 or new computer innards would be cheaper for my dualbox setup, and unfortunately coming to the disturbing conclusion that a second PS3 might win out.

I'll just have to wait and see what the specs are I guess before spending the money :(
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#20 Jul 21 2009 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't think we will really here anything about FF XIV until FF XIII is out.
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