I've always been an avid gamer, spending as much time as possible to get to the highest level possible as quickly as possible.
But this time it's going to be very different.
This will be the first MMORPG that I'll be playing while also having a full time job.
Not only that, but I've also realized that, from my past experiences, getting to the top quickly comes with many downsides.
1.) There are very very few people you can do quests with.
Sometimes 10 or less in the entire server. Finding a time when all are online is extremely difficult.
It's more difficult to be successful in your quest if you dislike them. You don't have much of a choice...there is no one else your level.
2.) Everyone expects your help.
Being a much higher level than everyone else may make you admired by some, but sometimes it's only your assistance they covet.
The stronger you are, the more requests you'll get from people to get help.
It starts out innocently enough, but as soon as you help one group kill a boss, the 5 groups behind them also want help and if you refuse it you're ridiculed.
And every so often you get a request from someone who wants you to solo a boss for him/her when he/she could easily do it if he took the time to find a group.
If you deny them you have to deal with a bad attitude sometimes.
If you end up helping everyone you have less time for yourself and everyone wants your help in the future.
3.) You're in the dark.
Especially with new games, you have no idea what you're doing or where to go next because no one else (or very few people) has done it before. So you may spend countless hours meandering through a dungeon that could be finished in 5 minutes.
4.) Smaller list of friends (but closer bonds).
Being high level sometimes means that the people you'll meet and party with is just a select group. You'll be closer to them, but you won't have the opportunity to meet and play with many other people.
5.) Lack of things to do toward the end.
Maybe not the case in FFXI (and who knows about FFXIV), but in the games I played the most enjoyable parts were the early parts. The higher level you got the less there seemed to do. More grinding, less questing. More boring.
6.) More responsibility.
Everyone begins to expect things from you. Not only help but also answers on how to do a quest, a dungeon, crafting...everything. Just taking the time to respond to all of these requests (even with a no) can be really time consuming and annoying, and really distract you from actually enjoying the game.
For all of those reasons, I'll only be playing a couple of hours a day.
Toasting makes me uncomfortable. But toast I love. Never start the day without a good piece of toast. In fact, let's toast to toast.