I started FFXI on May 1st, 2004; 2 years after JP PS2, 1 1/2 months after NA PS2, 1 1/2 years after JP PC, 1/2 year after NA PC.
I never felt like I had "missed the train", so to speak, or that the people that had been playing for months or even years prior to me had any sort of tangible advantage over me that was insurmountable.
Understandable, and true. But when you joined XI, were you eagerly anticipating the title with many of your friends from previous MMOs? Had you collected a group of people together that were gonna start an LS with you? Had you been eagerly anticipating the idea of learning the content fresh before "proper" parties/strategies/gear were all over the internet? Did SE then allow some of your friends access and told you to wait on the sidelines for an extra 6 months?
I understand what you're saying. I really do, and I understand what you're trying to accomplish. Don't you understand that your XI experience doesn't relate to this situation at all? I joined XI barely understanding what an MMO was. I bought XI for the HDD (which I was CERTAIN would be used in all kinds of PS2 games...) and only started XI because of the free month. I felt just as you did.
But this time around I've watched for this title for years. I've been assembling a group of friends from XI (and a few from other MMO experiences) to join together with. And one of the most exciting things has been the idea to get everyone together on day one and learn a new FF MMO together. We've never concerned ourselves with who could or couldn't get a PC up to spec in time, because we've been repeatedly assured by SE that the versions would launch together. Now that's all in jeopardy, and I'm pretty ******* Not because it might delay MY start date... but because it puts the group in jeopardy, and I can't fix that. If I upgrade my PC, people get left behind. If I wait for PS3 launch others will forge ahead. It's just a really unfortunate situation you can't explain away...