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#1 Mar 02 2010 at 11:39 PM Rating: Good
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So monday morning I woke up so excited about getting a sneak peak at the most anticipated MMO of 2010. I tried as hard as I could to remain calm, telling myself "Calm yourself! Its just a game! ****, its barely 10% of a game. Just remain calm and stick to your daily routine."

Well I just couldn't. Monday wasn't just any routine day. So I rubbed my eyes and rolled outta bed to shower and brush my teeth. I actually hadn't brushed my teeth or showered in a few days, but today was special.

Anyway, I logged into my email and was completely and utterly destroyed when I didn't find an invite to the beta waiting for me. "Well @#%^!" I exclaimed as I bashed my face into the keyboard. Thats when I remembered I had setup 72 different SE IDs; all with varying answers to the standard application questions. 13 cups of coffee, 6 granola bars and about 5 hours later I found myself bashing my face into the keyboard repeatedly again.

"How could this happen to me!!!... Wait, I mean... How could this not happen to meeeeee!!!" I mean what the **** right? We're all better than everyone else, aren't we? We all have played longer than the next person. Camped some silly drop for hours upon end for mediocre increase in output. Uh, I mean to rub it in their faces that we're better than they are even if it is only by +2 Str! "Wait a minute! Wait a **** minute, its Monday all day long! Ahahahaaaa *cough* haha!" Surely my super spiffy invite would be along at some point that day. "@#%^!" I exclaimed as I realized I would have to check all 72 email accounts again fishing for the golden key.

So midnight comes and figuring that I couldn't login through the website until the 11th anyway... (I'd be buggered if I was going to go through all those **** email accounts again) I decided to finally dig through them all for my key. At this point I'm think I might even be lucky enough to get more than one key. Surely I'm the smartest man on the planet and no one else had thought of that. With all these fanboys checking their emails every 5 mins surely I'd be rich! I could sell one for... 100 bucks! I'm a genius!

Sure enough there was no shinies in any of the vast slew of inboxes I had setup. Thats when I realized... "&@*&^!@&^#@*&^!^#^*&#$" (I know the Fbomb isn't that long, but when I realized I forgot to check all the spam folders I kinda made it up as I went along)

These last few days since the announcement I've been walking around like a zombie. So distraught that I, the one true fan and greatest player of FFXI ever, had been left out. "Who the **** do they think they are! How dare they not invite me to be one of the first!" I kept making excuses. "They must be having mail server issues. Maybe its just a mistake." Nothing helped. I fell deeper and deeper, spiraling into depression.

My friends told me I didn't even recognize them when I saw them. My eyes had this glazed over look. They said I would stand there with my staff drawn in battle stance frozen, like I had no autoattack. They tried scaring me out of it, but I couldn't jump. If SE wasn't going to send me a key I'd create an Eorzea of my own right here at home.

As time went on I got bored (as we often do with nothing to do here in Eorzea) and snapped out of it. Wouldnt you know when I checked my spam folder this morning...



http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx261/notoriousorc/XIVBETA.jpg

Maybe this will work betta.. lol!

Edited, Mar 3rd 2010 1:11am by BetterThanThou
#2 Mar 02 2010 at 11:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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#3 Mar 02 2010 at 11:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Oops, my pic isn't working :o
Its supposed to be a pic of what I got from my email this morning, but I'm new to this forum thing and I fail at making links

Edited, Mar 3rd 2010 12:52am by BetterThanThou
#4 Mar 03 2010 at 12:58 AM Rating: Good
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Dear god, that was an obscure pun. :p
You got double-time out of it too, by having one pun for each pronunciation.

Nice satire, though we don't really have enough gloomy gus's here to make it really poignant. Most people are handling the situation downright gracefully. But it's entertaining writing all the same. :)
#5Skeptic, Posted: Mar 03 2010 at 1:20 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I'll just get this out of the way now....
#6 Mar 03 2010 at 1:30 AM Rating: Decent
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The funniest thing about it is that its mostly true. I didn't create 72 IDs even though I know some of you did! I moped around for a while kinda annoyed, but I did get an email from a local pet store about the fish. I wasn't joking when I said I haz betta. I now am the proud owner of a Betta and his(or her) name is XIV. True story brah!

I don't haz a working camera or I would've been in the pic with it :P

Also, points should be distributed for the pun. Don't hate!

Edited, Mar 3rd 2010 2:33am by BetterThanThou
#7 Mar 03 2010 at 5:49 AM Rating: Good
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You get points for the original content, but we have to deduct some points as well for use of the term "brah."
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#8 Mar 03 2010 at 8:56 AM Rating: Decent
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You get points for the original content, but we have to deduct some points as well for use of the term "brah."


and the typo of "think" in the subject


anyway, i like it, thumbs up, its good to find something funny to read while waiting for that **** invite to come
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#9 Mar 03 2010 at 10:18 AM Rating: Good
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I grabbed this info from a post in FFXIVCORE.com

So lets just clear the air here...

First of all, the BETA has NOT started. I repeat, the BETA has NOT started.

This is the Alpha that is starting up. The invitations are for the Alpha.

Alpha =/= BETA.

Now that this is clear...

SE hasn't told us when the BETA starts yet guys. Only that the SITE for the beta selected will open on the 11th. When the BETA starts.. they haven't said. Until such time there are a hand full of people that were selected for the Alpha test. When the BETA is announced then those in the Alpha will know how long they have. Also, Alpha people will be rolled over into BETA as well as the Open BETA.


What is the Alpha?

Think of Alpha as a Pre-BETA test. Its a small load test to make sure the servers will work and the game is running properly. Once they establish that everything is set for BETA then they will start inviting LOTS of people to participate in the BETA. Typically the ammount of players will be increased over time and towards the end of the BETA there is what is called an Open BETA where anyone can join to try it out.

From the looks of it the Alpha won't be that long, actually. So the wait for BETA invites may not be that long.
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#10 Mar 03 2010 at 11:15 AM Rating: Default
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So after reading this I have a question. Was there a sign up for the Alpha or did they just pick folks who signed up for the Beta? I hope there was a sign up and they didn't pick folks who signed up for the Beta because, after reading the OP, I realized I had my spam settings set to AUTOMATICALLY delete any email that comes through as spam. So....I could have recieved an invite and now im screwed...
#11 Mar 03 2010 at 11:17 AM Rating: Good
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Your 72 SE accounts is nothing compared to the 1 billion RMT beta applications... I'm guessing the whole alpha is made up of RMT.

Anyways, if you really made 72 accounts (I can't tell what's the truth at this point), then you don't deserve alpha/beta anyway.
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Ok, I laughed, mostly cause we have bettas all over our house, including the bathroom.
#13 Mar 03 2010 at 3:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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Sinistradian wrote:
So after reading this I have a question. Was there a sign up for the Alpha or did they just pick folks who signed up for the Beta? I hope there was a sign up and they didn't pick folks who signed up for the Beta because, after reading the OP, I realized I had my spam settings set to AUTOMATICALLY delete any email that comes through as spam. So....I could have recieved an invite and now im screwed...
/facepalm

There are no codes in the emails. For what it's worth every single person can go to the FFXIV beta site the day it goes live and attempt to log in. If you were picked, you will get in. If you weren't, well that's too bad.

Everyone signed up to be a part of the alpha AND beta tests. The alpha test is first (starting shortly after the 11th when the site goes live). There will be multiple beta tests following the conclusion of the alpha test. If you get invited to any test, you will be automatically reinvited to each further test.
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#14 Mar 03 2010 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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Anyways, if you really made 72 accounts (I can't tell what's the truth at this point), then you don't deserve alpha/beta anyway.


I actually only made one SE ID account. I added alot to the story, but basically when I checked my spam folder looking for info I did have a deal from the local pet store. I went in and it was only fitting that I pick up a betta fish. The only thing that would have made the story any betta(pun is fun) is if I had recieved the pet store email on monday.

Even if I had made 72 IDs I would still fit the requirements to join the beta. I'm sure there were other people who tried this even though I didn't, but according to the website all applications are considered unless they apply more than once. Its still all speculation at this point as to how they are working the invites, but I really don't expect one until much, much later in the development. I don't really mind though because I'd rather not test a game that is only 10% completed and buggy. In the meantime I will continue to try and destroy bsphil's score with my robotic unicorn.
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"How could this happen to me!!!... Wait, I mean... How could this not happen to meeeeee!!!" I mean what the **** right? We're all better than everyone else, aren't we? We all have played longer than the next person.


I enjoyed this part. We've got a few of that type around here.
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#16 Mar 03 2010 at 6:06 PM Rating: Default
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They said I would stand there with my staff drawn in battle stance frozen, like I had no autoattack. They tried scaring me out of it, but I couldn't jump.


ahh, you're probably a taru then.
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Anyways, if you really made 72 accounts (I can't tell what's the truth at this point), then you don't deserve alpha/beta anyway.


I actually only made one SE ID account. I added alot to the story, but basically when I checked my spam folder looking for info I did have a deal from the local pet store. I went in and it was only fitting that I pick up a betta fish. The only thing that would have made the story any betta(pun is fun) is if I had recieved the pet store email on monday.

Even if I had made 72 IDs I would still fit the requirements to join the beta. I'm sure there were other people who tried this even though I didn't, but according to the website all applications are considered unless they apply more than once. Its still all speculation at this point as to how they are working the invites, but I really don't expect one until much, much later in the development. I don't really mind though because I'd rather not test a game that is only 10% completed and buggy. In the meantime I will continue to try and destroy bsphil's score with my robotic unicorn.


OK, well I still applaud you for your funny story, it does make me laugh to think that there probably are fanatic people or RMT somewhere checking 1000s of email boxes for a beta invite.
#18 Mar 03 2010 at 11:48 PM Rating: Good
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They said I would stand there with my staff drawn in battle stance frozen, like I had no autoattack. They tried scaring me out of it, but I couldn't jump.


ahh, you're probably a taru then.


Actually I was making fun of XIV. Apparently there is no auto-attack and they still don't want us to jump for some reason. Maybe it'll change during beta, or alpha.. whatever the **** we're calling it these days.
#19 Mar 04 2010 at 12:36 AM Rating: Decent
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They said I would stand there with my staff drawn in battle stance frozen, like I had no autoattack. They tried scaring me out of it, but I couldn't jump.


ahh, you're probably a taru then.


Actually I was making fun of XIV. Apparently there is no auto-attack and they still don't want us to jump for some reason. Maybe it'll change during beta, or alpha.. whatever the **** we're calling it these days.
I'm completely fine with not allowing jumping. It looks stupid when people bunny hop everywhere they go.
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#20 Mar 04 2010 at 10:03 AM Rating: Decent
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There are no codes in the emails. For what it's worth every single person can go to the FFXIV beta site the day it goes live and attempt to log in. If you were picked, you will get in. If you weren't, well that's too bad.

Everyone signed up to be a part of the alpha AND beta tests. The alpha test is first (starting shortly after the 11th when the site goes live). There will be multiple beta tests following the conclusion of the alpha test. If you get invited to any test, you will be automatically reinvited to each further test.


So what would I use to log in with? Just my SE account info then?

Edited, Mar 4th 2010 11:05am by Sinistradian
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