No... just no... No one was foolish to think their "FFXI system" was good enough,
Yes, actually, some people were. 3 or 4 weeks ago, before the minimum specs were posted, there were people SWEARING that since their system can run FFXI on high/max, especially those who used mods to increase FFXI's drawing distance or resolution, etc, that they should be fine running XIV with no issues. Then the benchmark hits them with a 1000-2000 or lower.
There were quite a few people running 4-5 year old systems who were INSISTENT that there was NO WAY their system could not handle XIV without breaking a sweat.
And then the benchmark came out. And people shat bricks, and they said to pay no attention to it; "the benchmark MUST be wrong because my system is fine".
And then the minimum specs were posted. And people still ignored that and pretended they were the recommended specs, insisting "Well that's just to run the game on high; I don't have that, but my system should still run it on medium at max FPS" or "Well I'll just buy a system close to that and my performance should be high, because that's what SE recommends"
And now we have the recommended specs.
I get the concept that people are annoyed their systems won't run it. If I had bought a new computer (pretending for a moment that I'd buy retail) within the past year and found out it wasn't gonna run XIV, I'd be a little livid myself.
The problem is that there are people who are insistent that "SE is wrong, my computer will run it, I don't care what they tell me". These people have decreased in number since the benchmark and the specs were published, but they'll still be around until the 22nd/30th.
At that point, it will change from "SE is wrong, my computer will run the game fine" to "SE releases broken games! My computer is just fine but I have so much lag and horrible FPS" and/or "I tried to install FFXIV on my perfectly fine computer and it doesn't even install! FFXIV is worthless and you shouldn't buy it!"
You know the five stages of grief? We have a lot of people who are -still- stuck on Denial and Anger. Humans, by nature, do not react well to being told they are wrong. That's why, when faced with an undesirable truth, they will twist evidence and facts around in their head to convince themselves that they are right.
Fortunately, most people have moved on and come to terms with it and have acted on this. Some have bought new systems, others have upgraded where necessary, others still have decided to wait for the PS3 version or just not to play at all. And these are all valid choices.
But yes, there are still people who do not care how many facts and numbers and proof you throw at them, they will vehemently believe what they -want- to believe is true.
See also: politics, religion, history, science, ghosts, bigfoot, aliens, nessie.... Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 12:17am by Mikhalia