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#1 Aug 26 2009 at 10:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Over the past few weeks I've been working on an online newspaper about FFXIV and we just released our first issue. You can read the paper at our website:

http://theeorzeatimes.com/

Hope you enjoy!
#2 Aug 26 2009 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
Looks good. Why exactly did you make this?
#3 Aug 26 2009 at 10:32 AM Rating: Default
Anticipation? General interest?

Looks good OP
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#4 Aug 26 2009 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
LOL @ the "paper" costing 50 Gil.

I'm a tad disappointed at the dig on the Wii, though. It's the only way I've ever gotten anyone in my family other than my father to play video games. In fact, I'm hoping that playing the Wii will open up the possibility of my wife joining me in FFXIV.
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#5 Aug 26 2009 at 10:43 AM Rating: Good
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Where are the Mithra Miqo'te Personals???

No to mention Lost and Found. Seems to me there will be a lot of DRGs missing wyverns, PUPs missing dolls and SMNs missing atomic squirrels.
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#6 Aug 26 2009 at 10:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you want, we have transparent pngs of the mobs and classes here: http://ffxiv.zam.com/story.html?story=19412

I mention it cause I see some white from the images you used.
#7 Aug 26 2009 at 10:59 AM Rating: Good
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Why'd I make this? This is just an early start of a project that will continue after release of the game. Get some experience under our belts, establish a community, and try out a few things. We are planning lots of new article type that will be an enthralling read; unfortunately we need to wait until more info is released or the beta.

Until then we're going to try and keep up our biweekly schedule with our lack of information so keep checking back on it!

~Arcano,
Editor In Chief

P.S. If you would pay attention to the "A Note from the Editor" article on the final page we're asking for a little help if you're interested.
#8 Aug 26 2009 at 11:01 AM Rating: Good
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To Pikko: All of the images were transparent, or so I thought? If you're referring to the last page of the GamesCom articles, then the Polaroids were intentional.
#9 Aug 26 2009 at 11:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Woooooooooooooow!
Looks like a cool project you guys are working on there..
I think it might be alittle early though :P
But a much more interesting way to keep updated on all the ffxiv news :P

keep posting them here so we can read every update :)))
#10 Aug 26 2009 at 11:09 AM Rating: Decent
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I liked it, very creative. But I guess it's no longer a secret :P
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#11 Aug 26 2009 at 11:18 AM Rating: Good
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The M.H.M.U. would like a word with you about your non-Union operation...

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#12 Aug 26 2009 at 11:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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I was actually talking about the images on your website splash page! :)
#13 Aug 26 2009 at 11:28 AM Rating: Good
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Those were transparent too :P
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lol sputzy! silly chocobo!!
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#15 Aug 26 2009 at 11:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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Twistedblack wrote:
Those were transparent too :P


Well, they're not. :P

Interesting idea, but from a design standpoint, there are a few things I personally don't like.

*Is the splash page necessary? A user shouldn't have to click again to get to your front page unless there is a valid reason for it.

*The layout of the site is somewhat distracting. Lots of stuff going on in a very large background, and just a small portion of the page devoted to actual content. That's not saying that the background isn't nice, but that the ratio is a little off.

*Actually reading the content is difficult, due to the reason mentioned above, and the font/size used. I like the newspaper style, but it's difficult to read.

These are my personal gripes with the design, so take them for what they're worth. I'm a fan of the content first, design second philosophy, where your design should enhance your content, and promote easy usability for the end user.

It's nice to see a different idea though, (re: newspaper style), so best of luck with that in the future.
#16 Aug 26 2009 at 12:02 PM Rating: Good
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I do not do the website myself. I just design the backgrounds, buttons, ect. Like I said, we're still in some experimental stages right now so your feedback is greatly appreciated. We'll update the site in time, but my coder is running low on his internet bandwidth so we have to wait until that frees up before he can make website changes. We intend on spicing up the welcome page in time too. Thanks for the opinions :)
#17 Aug 26 2009 at 12:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ralrra the Flatulent wrote:
LOL @ the "paper" costing 50 Gil.

I'm a tad disappointed at the dig on the Wii, though. It's the only way I've ever gotten anyone in my family other than my father to play video games. In fact, I'm hoping that playing the Wii will open up the possibility of my wife joining me in FFXIV.


Agreed entirely. Ive never played against my own mother at a computer game in my life until the Wii-- let alone being beaten by her! I dont know what it is, but nearly all the females in my life are none to bare minimum casual gamers yet all can rack up the strikes in bowling like theyre seasoned vets.

That, and watching a friend who is blind drunk look almost epileptic trying to play Smooth Moves is just too good :> Its not the hi-def, next gen uber console. Its bloody good fun though!
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#18 Aug 26 2009 at 12:48 PM Rating: Good
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I will be sure in the next issue to be more nice to the Wii.

/feedback accepted
#19 Aug 26 2009 at 12:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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I actually think if you could put this up with an additional PDF version, it would be much easier to read and that way, people can zoom into it as big as they like.
#20 Aug 26 2009 at 1:02 PM Rating: Good
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Idea noted Pikko, TwistedBlack & I will have some PDF's soon enough.

We thank you for the idea. ^^
#21 Aug 26 2009 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Was this by any chance inspired in part by the player's guide to Earthbound?
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#22 Aug 27 2009 at 6:28 AM Rating: Good
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I think your paper is awesome. It will be awesome +1 if it is called "50 gil" instead of "The Eorzea Times" ;)
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#23 Aug 27 2009 at 6:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Haha thank you for your compliment.
#24 Aug 27 2009 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
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*Update*

Alright, it's now possible to download the 1st issue in PDF format.
#25 Aug 27 2009 at 1:31 PM Rating: Good
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Looks good! If you start to run out of released for new articles, you can always turn to community "what do you want"/"what do you not want" type discussions. Those seem to be what is mostly filling up the forum about the game.
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#26 Aug 27 2009 at 1:51 PM Rating: Good
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Does anyone remember the Vana'diel Tribune? You know, that official 'news magazine' that went with FFXI. I remember logging in and reading that every monthly release it came out. The moment they canceled it, something was lost for me. I mean, I played for years after, but the VT was a highlight of my early FFXI experience. I just hope they can maintain it better this time.

Good job with this one though. If you manage to keep this up, you'll have a faithful 'subscriber' in me. :D
#27 Aug 27 2009 at 8:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually black, I was inspired to do this on the Vana'diel Tribune. :P I hope to bring some of their articles to our paper post release.

As for changing the name, I feel that our current one provides a professional feel. While 50 gil is somewhat humorous, changing the name now would mean buying a new domain which would cost me for money... So to save that 50 gil, I will consider making an article called "50 Gil" in the future perhaps tlaking about in game economy and statistics.

We actually have a contact form for article ideas on the website called "Submit an article" on the top navigation bar. (Or if you have a suggestion, you can use the "Contact Us" link on the bottom navigation bar.) If you have any ideas whatsoever, please don't hesitate to contact us, we are always looking for fresh ideas and journalists.
#28 Aug 29 2009 at 8:17 AM Rating: Decent
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If anyone is interested, we are currently looking for some talented journalists and artists to help with the paper. More information about requirements and contact is on the front page of the site.
#29 Aug 29 2009 at 9:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Aw, I was really kind of hoping that you'd been inspired by the player's guide to Earthbound. If you ever get a chance to peak at one (they're pretty rare) you should flip through it.

You should really link that in your sig, btw

Edited, Aug 29th 2009 10:54am by Kachi
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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
#30 Aug 29 2009 at 1:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Found a copy of it, and I'm reading it as we speak. I'll be incorporating a few of these templates in the next issue for sure.

And done.
#31 Aug 29 2009 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh what was I thinking? Of course these days you can find pretty much anything online. If you were to actually buy one it would probably cost over $50 though. :P

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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
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