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#1 Dec 18 2009 at 3:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not sure if anybody has noticed this, or cared, but i've always liked the font used in FFXI for player names, it was just a simple subtle white, nothing that really jumped out, it just seemed natural.

after leaving FFXI for WoW, i almost couldnt stand looking at the fonts used for player names, they were bright blue/green/red and the font used kind of made them pop out at you.

after seeing this image of XIV, im glad to see that they have stayed with the subtle, dare i say "classy" fonts for player names, id go as far as saying they are slightly better than those used in XI.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/ffxiv%20destiny/Meicyn/ffxiv.jpg

for comparison:

FFXI: http://www.freewebs.com/evilelder/Elvaan%20DRK.jpg

WoW: http://wowui.incgamers.com/uploads/1159863118zaxpostcard.jpg

I did however, like the fact that in WoW, they gave you the option to hide you're player name, while leaving everyone elses on the screen. in final fantasy XI, either all names were up, or none were.
so unless you wanted to walk around not knowing what anything/anyone was, you had to stare at you're own name above you're head every second you played, it got kind of annoying.

anyone have any thoughts on this?

i realize this is sort of a meaningless/irrelevent topic, but with the lack of info lately..... yea.
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#2Yogtheterrible, Posted: Dec 18 2009 at 4:10 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) If you hadn't added this part I would have really been annoyed and ripped into you for being the epitome of the FFXI fanboi that finds the stupidest things in WoW to complain about.
#3 Dec 18 2009 at 4:14 AM Rating: Decent
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true, but FFXI managed to use different colored fonts without making them seem so, i don't know, obnoxious (for serious lack of a better word)

White for normal players, Pale yellow for enemies, green for NPCs, dark blue for /anon players, baby blue/green for party members. Again this is all a matter of opinion.
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#4 Dec 18 2009 at 4:20 AM Rating: Decent
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It really makes no difference to me. One is just as good as the other in my eyes.
#5 Dec 18 2009 at 4:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am in agreement with the OP for the defaults, however, in WoW you could just as easily have the font changed through downloading a custom UI. However if that wasn't an option and we were only given default options from all 3 games than yeah I definitely prefer the more subtle soft font style that just gives you the information you need if you want to see it, and not in your face hard color and font that WoW had (I also liked how guild/linkshell was not intrusive and in your face in FFXI and was regulated to a simple color and WoW it was an obnoxious message at the bottom of your characters name for all to see). Its a nitpick but im happy to see it (like the OP) return in FFXIV.

#6 Dec 18 2009 at 10:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd like a more stylized font, personally. Some kind of script would be nice if implemented intelligently.

Actually I have suggested in the past the option to turn off all player/npc names aside from those in your friend list and quest log. For the most part, I don't want to see character names, unless I need to for some reason. Having names only over the people that I want to stand out would be fantastic.

The most obnoxious thing about FFXI for me was the linkpearl next to your name. That was pretty graphically obtrusive for a graphic that I basically never needed to see. It would have been better if it only showed pearls for the people in my LSs.
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#7 Dec 18 2009 at 11:17 PM Rating: Default
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The thing about FFxi font color is, you know what it is because of the font color. LIke said in a previous post. I like the simularity it seems very familar and i think thats what SE is doing. Making it the same in a lot of aspects of the game so people will switch and feel like its the same game but newer and better. I think ffxi will be shut down within 2 years, but thats just my opinion. Only because 90% of the people that play ffxi will try ffxiv and stay. then when you cannot get a party in ffxi they will switch because the game will be to tough. I played ffxi for 5 years loved it, but it started getting hard to lvl about 2 years ago.
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#8 Dec 19 2009 at 3:13 AM Rating: Decent
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I love the FFXI style and I'm with the OP - it's such a small thing but it's still great to see. I hate how WoW names all blend in with each other and overlap so you can't tell who is who. You can turn on name plates to avoid that but they look awful!
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#9 Dec 19 2009 at 3:47 AM Rating: Good
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I might be seriously slowpoking here, but I just noticed that Miquote in the FFXIV pic has a space in her name. "Azagba X". That's awesome. There's gonna be a lot of happy namers out there when they find out they're allowed to use spaces.
#10 Dec 19 2009 at 4:12 AM Rating: Good
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I much prefer the XI style over more modern MMO game styles but theres one thing they do much better, and it annoys the crap out of me in XI:

I DONT NEED TO KNOW MY OWN FARKIN' NAME!
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#11 Dec 19 2009 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
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The most obnoxious thing about FFXI for me was the linkpearl next to your name. That was pretty graphically obtrusive for a graphic that I basically never needed to see. It would have been better if it only showed pearls for the people in my LSs.


Really? I liked them. I hope they'll use the same kind of system in XIV, in fact. Hopefully we'll have more options about the display of things like it, though.
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#12 Dec 19 2009 at 9:14 AM Rating: Good
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Really? I liked them. I hope they'll use the same kind of system in XIV, in fact. Hopefully we'll have more options about the display of things like it, though.


I liked it too, and to build on it what I really liked was how Ragnarok Online did it. There, you could design a very small sprite to replace what in XI is your linkshell colour, and it would appear next to your name and also on your flags adorning your captured castles in War of the Emperium. Obviously it would need some sort of policing, but SE have kinda hinted at a system similar to this!

WAR also had a heraldry system that you picked from a list of preset items, but being able to design your own (if you can stop people doing things like drawing a pair of tits for their logos) is very cool :>
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#13 Dec 19 2009 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, they're fine when the display is optional, why not? There are times when it's handy, and times when it's cool, but for the most part, it looks like someone threw up a bag of Skittles on my fantasy world.
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#14 Dec 19 2009 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
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You also have to consider the art that is use in the games. FFXI you have this more subtle yet realistic look to it. To have have brightly colored names would just clash with the background.

Whereas WoW is very bright and vivid. The use of the bright name colors works well in this setting.

I do however, have one suggestion for FFXIV. Do not have a super bright dunes like area. Could make it rather hard to read names. Go ahead and have desert/beach area, but do not make it brighter then the sun. I found myself, especially when I got a new HD monitor, changing the brightness every time I entered/exited Dunes.

I hadn't notice the space in the name either. If that's possible I'm going to have to agree. A lot of people will be happy with that, I for one would be.

Edited, Dec 19th 2009 10:58am by drkhume
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#16 Dec 19 2009 at 2:50 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd like an option to change the font used above the names. It's been so long since I played XI so I can't remember the name of it, but I used the dat file to replace their default font with the classic FF font and character select arrow. It cleaned things up a bit for me and made it feel more like a FF game. Would be nice if I could do what without having to resort to third party dat mod'ing... unless SE's going to support that, but somehow, given their very hardline stance in XI, I doubt it.
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