While FFXIV is highly and anticipated and slated to be a great game but scheduling your vacation time around the release date seems a little bit extremist. What about family, friends, or a vacation to the Caribbean (yay)? The virtual world is a get away but there are so many beautiful things in the real world to explore and enjoy. I think you should spend your vacation time doing something else.
Let's answer your criticisms: a) what about family?
None of my family lives here and I just spent two chunks of my vacation - one on visiting my family and another on going to my sweetie's family reunion b) what about friends?
I don't know many people here and the people I do know are workaholics who rarely have time to hang out. My girlfriend is chill with me taking a week to glut on the game. c) vacation to the Caribbean?
First of all, staying home and playing video-games is way cheaper than taking a trip like that. Second of all, I don't like flying. Third of all, I am interested in FFXVI and have no interest whatsoever in one of those bland resort vacations. Fourth - I don't even like travelling and I just went on two huge trips this year already to visit family.
Yes, the real world is great... however, there is nothing wrong with enjoying an entertainment product if you want to and have the time. And if you think we shouldn't use vacation time to play - should we ever play? It isn't as if the real world disappears when you go back to work.
The reason I am taking some time off to play is to get the initial gluttony out of my system... the week after my playcation I am going on another, smaller trip with my sweetie to celebrate our birthdays - and will be spending a lot of time with her rather than my game.
In short, no need to be so judgey.