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#1 Jul 27 2010 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I didn't start playing FFXI until after the first expansion so I'm not sure what to expect the first week FFXIV is out. If it's possible/likely that servers will be up and down and actual playtime will be limited, I'd rather save my vacation time for a little later after release. Does anyone have an opinion/suggestion?
#2 Jul 27 2010 at 9:16 AM Rating: Decent
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If I were deciding for myself, I would wait. Not only will the servers be a little more stable, but in the little time I would get to spend in the game at the beginning, I will have a better idea of what I'd like to be spending the bulk of my time on when I have that time.
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#3 Jul 27 2010 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
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That would be a huge mistake. The first couple of weeks are going to be insanely crowded, likely with tons of glitches, major lagtime and server downtimes to boot. I wouldn't spend my yearly vacation week on an MMO period, much less the first week of release. Give it some time for SE to sort out the inevitable kinks before you dedicate your valuable vacation time to playing XIV.
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#4 Jul 27 2010 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
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Compromise. Just take two days. Even if day 1 is broken, you can be sure to get a solid day in.
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I loved FFXI, but would never take the little vacaiton time I get a year to play it. The most I would say is call in sick the Friday opening week to get a 3 day weekend to run around and explore. I don't think ther will be server crashes but lag yes and lots of it. And the first update should be nice and slow with everyone try to patch the game at the same time.
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#6 Jul 27 2010 at 10:19 AM Rating: Default
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I was thinking of taking the 3 days of that week off but might just do the Friday and the Monday (long weekends are always nice). While it is anticipated that there will be server issues it does always feel good to be part of the new game rush.

Hopefully there aren't loads of people who know everything already and spoil the game by somehow dominating the market.

I guess as long as there are good people to play with then it doesn't matter when.

Maybe the Friday, Monday and Tuesday... hmm.
(ugh... I don't think time has ever moved so slowly...)
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#7 Jul 27 2010 at 10:21 AM Rating: Decent
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If you have lots of vacation take the week. Sure there will be problems, but that'll be a good time to go outside. Having a week off of work can be refreshing in itself even if you're not able to play the game 24/7. You will get some play time. Plus if you're sitting there thinking about it all day, you might as well not be at work. You'll just get in trouble for surfing ZAM all day reading about all the fun other people are having.

If you only have 1 week a year, I would recommend using it to travel or do something in the real world.
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#8 Jul 27 2010 at 10:29 AM Rating: Default
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I only get the one week (well, 40 hours, a full-time week is 34 hours, so about 6 days), I get it at the end of August, I have to use it before the end of the year, I work at an emergency veterinary hospital so I will be working every holiday and weekend till the end of time, and I don't enjoy nature or travel. If I didn't use it to play FFXIV, I would use it to do nothing. Maybe by the end of October I can use it and watch horror movie marathons while playing.
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I think there will be glitches, but as SE would say, "That's part of the fun, isn't it?"

**** right I'll be installing that thing at 12:10 AM and playing it till I fall asleep on my keyboard for the first couple days. Can't say I'd blame those who don't though.
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I HIGHLY advise waiting. I know the lure is really big, but it isn't worth it. Even assuming that the servers are stable enough that you actually get to play the full week, you'd enjoy the time played far more once you get a solid grasp of the game.

What I mean is this--when I first started FFXI, I had no clue what the f*ck I was doing (I had to ask how to move, lol). I kinda just ran around exploring, selling my crystals to vendors (STUPID), whacking stuff with my staff, etc. I didn't even realize there were other spells to buy until I was level 5. :P

If you wait until you've gotten the most basic headachey stuff out of the way, and have at least a loose idea of how to play and how things work, then you'll get a lot more out of your gaming experience during your vacation time.

Plus, having people that are stronger than you is always nice. In MMOs, when areas are crowded, players that have just finished doing things are often more willing to help out. So you are more likely to have help from someone who understands what to do (at least more than you do).

Seems to me like you are most likely to have a better experience overall if you wait a week or two. If you REALLY want to play early, I'd say use one of your days 2 or 3 days after launch (if at all possible, wait until you see how stable the servers are and then judge the distance) and then the rest at a later time.

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There will DEFINITELY be glitches, memory leaks, server crashes and all the rest of the fun stuff. And it's not surprising. Until that point, the servers have only been running in planned cycles with far lower work loads. Suddenly having them go 24 hours and be accessed by 20-30x the number of people all at once is certainly going to expose hidden problems that beta testing just won't.

But, from what I've seen and heard, the game itself is fairly polished. So I doubt we'll see terribly broken things from game-play. Just stability issues.

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#11 Jul 27 2010 at 11:19 AM Rating: Decent
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I foresee some problems for sure so i don't think it's the best idea to plan that week during launch.
Remember that when we NA/EU players first got our hands on FFXI the JP players already spend months in game. Most of the real issues were solved before the NA/EU mass joined forced with the JP players.
I believe the FFXIV experience will be a lot bumpier and rougher for us compared with FFXI. I'll certainly will try to put some time into FFXIV the first CE only week. But I'm not taking time of as it wouldn't surprise me if we're not able to play for longer periods at a time due bugs/gliches/crashes and server resets.
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#12 Jul 27 2010 at 11:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the suggestions. I pretty much knew what the responses would be, but I was hoping someone would convince me that everything will be giggles from hour one and it'll totally be worth it to spend a week burning my retinas out and igoring my friends/family/dog. *sigh*
I'll prolly wait til the end of October. Booooo.
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Only people that haven't been part of an MMO release plan on taking time off work and playing the game for a week straight when it first releases.

The game will be crashing constantly. Quests will be bugged and you won't be able to progress. There will be patches to fix issues, and then patches to fix those patches. You will be lucky if you even get to play for more than 1 hour at a time on the first day or two.

Unfortunately, the folks that pre-ordered the CE are going to be the ones paying to play the REAL beta during the early release. Why do you think they were given 30 days free to play? Answer: So SE could avoid answering all the cries about refunds for lost play time in the early days.

If I were going to take time off to dedicate to FFXIV, I would take the time after the first weekend of the general release. By then the game should be stable, and the mass rush to play will have subsided a bit. At that time you will benefit from playing during off-peak times.

You can still play during the first few days, but I wouldn't waste vacation time on it since it will bea huge cluster-f#ck.
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take something off closer to christmas as an extended mega break. Better use of your time almost guaranteed.
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Whats this? Have I stumbled upon the closest thing to a silver lining for the PS3 delay? All those issues should be fixed by March. So the influx of new players come then should go pretty seems-less. Maybe that's the time to use vacation time to play for a week...

Of course I could have too much faith in SE, and it could all go to crap once March comes cause all the new players break the servers.
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Not really my first time getting it. Just my first time posting it, simply due to the fact that I haven't been around much since the announcement.

Gotta say though, for a silver lining that sucks. It's more like a copper colored shine.
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#18 Jul 27 2010 at 5:07 PM Rating: Default
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Since all my spare cash is going to buy a new PC I can't afford to go on holiday. I get 10.5 weeks off a year, so have arranged for two weeks off from the sunday after release. And got 2 rest days from release day too.
Didn't get to start XI 'til 5 years after it started, so looking forward to being in at the start.
If there's too many glitches I can just play civilization V which comes out the same week.
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I am in Australia so will be picking the game up at the start of pre-release about 10 to 15 hours earlier than Europe and the US and will be playing hard for the first day of release.

I took release day off work (Wednesday) but will then return to work Thursday and Friday. I wanted to be part of the initial rush - not for the gaming experience but for the excitement that there will be with everyone arriving for the first time, after all MMORPG's are social and I can imagine everyone will be a bit hyper that first day.

On the weekend, I will try to settle into playing the game but realistically it probably wont be until a few weeks later that the game starts to work as it should after SE have had a chance to run a few updates.

Given the lack of an open beta (and the limited Beta test time) I expect issues at launch and for a few weeks.

It is however to the games credit that the required system specs will keep the "kids" out in the early days so we wont have to put up with constant whining and cries of "i want my money back", "this game is broken" and "wow is much better" during the early stability and bug issues.

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I can't recommend taking vacation time for many of the reasons listed above (server instability, crashes, bugs, etc.) however I understand wanting to be in on the initial rush.

However, there is something rather fun that I like to do come MMO launches. Basically realize that the game might not be up the whole time, meaning limited play time. With this in mind grab some snacks, some drinks, and then head over to the forums. Sit back, chill out and watch the forums explode. The last few MMOs I was apart of at launch (Age of Conan, Champions Online, Star Trek Online) all happened this way. Things go wrong and people go to the forums to rage. I find they are mostly people who have never played an MMO at launch or have never played an MMO at all. If you happen to be in one of those categories, then I highly recommend trying what I wrote rather than unloading on the forums. You will be a happier person for it, believe me.

Maybe it's the evil part of my personality coming out, but **** if I don't love watching people rage out of control and then laughing at them. In any case I would give what I wrote above a shot. I promise you will be entertained.




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My schedule isn't set, so I can request to open on a friday, have saturday, sunday , monday and tuesday off and close on a wednesday and still work 2 40 hour weeks. <3 (p.s. this is totally what I'm going to do . . .)
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I have tons of sick days and vacation time built up so I am planning on working 4 hours on the 22nd (6-10am) then go pick up my CE copy from GameStop and then using 2 sick days for Thursday and Friday (nice long weekend) so that hopefully I can just explore and acclimate to everything.

FFXI was my first MMO so everything was up and running smooth by the time PS2 players logged in for the first time so I have never experienced a new MMO on launch day and I am really curious to see what it's like.

Is everyone running around like mad? Are server crashes normal the first few days or weeks? Are there huge amounts of bugs that escaped detection during Beta?
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I'm planning on taking vacation during the first week after I get the game but that won't be till October 8th or so... I figure that things should be running a bit smoother by that point - and even if they are not I will be able to get as much gaming in as possible between patches and crashes if it comes to that. I've never gotten started on an MMO so early in its life so I am super excited to be part of the experience.

I'm glad folks on here are giving out warnings about some of the trouble that may occur. Hopefully things will launch pretty smoothly - but it is good to have limited expectations to avoid frustration.
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also I have more than three weeks vacation to use up before January 1st - so even if I can't play all the time it shouldn't be too much of a waste. I can always pull together another week around christmas.
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I've played MANY MMO launches, waiting 1 week should be sufficient to weed out the server killing. No MMO stays unpleasantly stable more than a week after launch or the bad press would massacre it. Suuuure for some of the hardcore they have gripes and glitches, but there's nothing "game breaking" like common and long server outages after the 1st week.

yes the occasional outage or whatever, but like I said only the 1st 2-3 days are truly unusable, and after the 1st patch in 7-10 days everything is fine enough.
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A week of vacation is nice no matter what! The only thing I'm really worried about is the potential overcrowding of the starting zones. Guildleves should help alleviate that since you get your own mobs for them, but out in the field might be a little hectic I'm thinkin'.
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at NA PC release you could hardly find anything to kill. crowded beginner zones made leveling difficult. towns were just buzzing with questions that nobody knew the answers to yet.

i've decided to wait and take my vacation a little later just to let ppl get used to the system and activity in noob areas to die down
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at NA PC release you could hardly find anything to kill. crowded beginner zones made leveling difficult. towns were just buzzing with questions that nobody knew the answers to yet.

i've decided to wait and take my vacation a little later just to let ppl get used to the system and activity in noob areas to die down


Well at least XI had JPs and importers to help out with questions (i was an importer and found helping all the new NAs pretty fun) buuuut at the same time we all avoided leveling anything new for a couple of months or headed to Valk for a few laughs, lol.
But, getting back to my point, with XIV... there is absolutely no one to answer questions... going to be very interesting. I've never been part of a launch, looking forward to the chaos.

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What I mean is this--when I first started FFXI, I had no clue what the f*ck I was doing (I had to ask how to move, lol). I kinda just ran around exploring, selling my crystals to vendors (STUPID)...


HAHA, i think we all were stupid and did that. "You mean you'll give me 10gil per crystal!?! You've got yourself a GD deal! I'm flippen rich! Wheres the NPC with the brass harness? Going to doing some shopping!"
Those were my first moments, lol.


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#29 Jul 28 2010 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
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Raionn wrote:
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at NA PC release you could hardly find anything to kill. crowded beginner zones made leveling difficult. towns were just buzzing with questions that nobody knew the answers to yet.

i've decided to wait and take my vacation a little later just to let ppl get used to the system and activity in noob areas to die down


Well at least XI had JPs and importers to help out with questions (i was an importer and found helping all the new NAs pretty fun) buuuut at the same time we all avoided leveling anything new for a couple of months or headed to Valk for a few laughs, lol.
But, getting back to my point, with XIV... there is absolutely no one to answer questions... going to be very interesting. I've never been part of a launch, looking forward to the chaos.

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What I mean is this--when I first started FFXI, I had no clue what the f*ck I was doing (I had to ask how to move, lol). I kinda just ran around exploring, selling my crystals to vendors (STUPID)...


HAHA, i think we all were stupid and did that. "You mean you'll give me 10gil per crystal!?! You've got yourself a GD deal! I'm flippen rich! Wheres the NPC with the brass harness? Going to doing some shopping!"
Those were my first moments, lol.


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Should I bother taking vacation the first week?
Nah. I know I won't. I probably won't have more than an hour of time free to play each day for a couple weeks at least, and that's a pretty generous figure.

There are going to be a lot of bug fixes and updates within the first few days anyway.

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If you have never experienced an MMO launch then by all means take some time off and get into the fray. It is an "experience", but once you have seen it you won't use vacation time to experience another one.

Don't get me wrong, there is something special about being in the first group of people frantically running around like chickens with their heads cut off, desperately trying to level more quickly than the other 2000 folks surrounding you just so you can get away from the lag a bit. There will be constant updates in global chat tracking who was the first to hit lvel 5, and who just hit level 10, and who is the highest level at the end of the first day.

There will be constant shouts complaining about the lag, followed by complaints about the complainers telling them to go back to WoW. Random drive-by guild invites will be rampant as everyone is determined to start the first "uber" guild. Quests will break as soon as something in the quest line doesn't reset properly one time, and everyone will be going crazy trying to figure out how to proceed.

Then there will be that one guy that found the first exploitable hack. Everyone around will wonder how in the world he is managing to kill mobs in 1/10 the time it takes everyone else, or how he seems to have all the best buyable gear currently available. Once his secret is out, it will spread like wildfire through the noob zone.

At that point an "emergency patch" will be announced and you will not be able to play for 5 hours. The minute the servers are scheduled to come back up, you will be there clicking "Enter World" as fast as you can so so can get back to the madness. When you figure out you can't get in yet, you head to the message boards to see if anyone knows what is up. Once you read that everyone else is locked out too, you hit refresh over and over on message board waiting to see the first thread titled "Servers Back Up!!" so you can quickly get logged back in.

Anyways, that is how all my launch day experiences have gone...
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That sounds **** exciting Enscheff...though I'll probably still be playing around with character creation when that 1st person hits level 10.

I didn't get into XI until '05 so I'm looking forward to that, maybe I can be the first to do some ridiculous random thing...
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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.
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To be honest with you, I'm probably not even gonna get on till the first quarter of 2011.

Mainly because there are a few components I'd like to upgrade in my rig, and pricing for hardware is coming down and will go down further comes holiday Black Fridays.

Yesterday, I saw 6gb (3 x 2gb) of Corsair Dominator 1600mhz for $140.00. I wonder how much hardware will drop comes Thanksgiving/Christmas.

Also, I suspect that the game at infant stages will encounter instability issues along with minor bugs and errors. So I'd give the game a few months to buff itself out.

I really don't get the idea of having to get on the game from Day 1. I have a lot of friends and co-workers wanting to get on as soon as the game goes live. They're in a race to get to the highest level and start end-game already.

Lol... I'm a bit different. I like to take my time, have fun, adventure, have a blast with stranger and friends online. I really don't want to turn FFXIV into a second job like what I did with FFXI.
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Enscheff, that is exactly why I want to be there on day one!

****, I might not even leave the city, I might just stand around and watch the drama unfold. I am not going to play enough to be one of the first people to the level cap, I prefer to take my time and enjoy my games rather than strive for the kudos of being one of the "high level" players on the server.

But for fun - and given all of the hype (within the serious mmo community) around the games release, it will be great to be there right at the start.

Who knows - maybe some people there on the first day will also be there on the last for server shut down in 8 (or 9, or 10) years time!

My eldest son is 7 years old - Im hoping that this will be the first mmo we play together, so im hoping (1) it is good enough, and (2) it is long lasting enough for us to play together in future.
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#36 Jul 28 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
I have quite a bit of vacation so I have already requested 9/24/2010 and 9/27/2010 off (I pre-ordered the CE). And if the servers crash or the game explodes... I will just find something else to do with my time. Its a vacation day and a day away from the office is a nice thing, FFXIV or not.

Besides, I already have non-FFXIV plans for that weekend so I won't be able to play.
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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.

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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.


Well put. also, I just gave you scholar :) That's like three in a week.
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#39 Jul 28 2010 at 4:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Well put. also, I just gave you scholar :) That's like three in a week.


Yay! And thanks.
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onineko wrote:
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.



In short, really no need to reply to anyone about how you spend your time. Do you really need to justify how or when you spend time playing a video game to ANYONE? let alone some nerd online? FUUUCCKK no! Do what you want, when you want. Done deal.
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There is a certain irony about flaming someone for being a gamer nerd, on a site populated by gamer nerds when you are almost certainly a gamer nerd yourself.

No disrespect to anyone intended but to start the ball rolling....

Hi, My name is Hallie. I'm 35 years old and a gamer nerd. This causes me to consider using some of my annual leave to play a game that I have been waiting for for several years.

Flame all you like, at least I am not in denial....and the OP isnt either and certainly did not need to justify what he chooses to do to pass his time on this planet!
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#42 Jul 30 2010 at 5:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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I didn't start playing FFXI until after the first expansion so I'm not sure what to expect the first week FFXIV is out. If it's possible/likely that servers will be up and down and actual playtime will be limited, I'd rather save my vacation time for a little later after release. Does anyone have an opinion/suggestion?


High five for the gamer nerds!!! If i had vacation left this year id take time off too. Least after it launches, My gf will know where to find me if she wants me for anything hehe.
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HallieXIV wrote:
There is a certain irony about flaming someone for being a gamer nerd, on a site populated by gamer nerds when you are almost certainly a gamer nerd yourself.

No disrespect to anyone intended but to start the ball rolling....

Hi, My name is Hallie. I'm 35 years old and a gamer nerd. This causes me to consider using some of my annual leave to play a game that I have been waiting for for several years.

Flame all you like, at least I am not in denial....and the OP isnt either and certainly did not need to justify what he chooses to do to pass his time on this planet!


Just another case of "Hi, pot! this is kettle!"
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#44 Jul 30 2010 at 9:30 PM Rating: Good
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I'm pretty sure I mentioned not enjoying nature or travel so yes, I'm planning my vacation around a game launch. I switched shifts last year for Left 4 Dead 2's release. I've taken time off to have a marathon book reading session. I also warned my friends and family in advanced that they will be ignored. My boyfirend patted me on the head and told me Im adorable when I'm geeking out. Now if only I could get my dog to understand. She'll be getting a brand-new bone for release day. And if you can afford the Carribean, go for it.
Enough of that.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll hold off until October. But I don't plan on sleeping between work and game the first few days at least. Well, maybe when servers are down. Or I'll just be on ZAM waiting for news and going over what we've learned so far.
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Olorinus wrote:
onineko wrote:
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.


Well, I think it depends on how much time we're talking about devoting to the game here. If someone is taking a full week off of work in order to fully immerse themselves in FFXIV the entire time at the expense of all other activities, then yes, I'd say they should most certainly reconsider. Mix in some reading, or another hobby.

Everything in moderation, you know?
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#46 Jul 31 2010 at 6:52 AM Rating: Decent
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i just took off 9/23 and 9/24 because i still have 2 weeks of unused vacations and 5 days of personal days :D
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Personally I think amongst the absolute best times of an mmo are when you really have no clue of anything. I love starting a game and really not even knowing how to move properly yet, so from that point of view, I would love to spend the first days playing like a maniac and it would be the perfect time. However, I wouldn't use my vacation for it and I wouldn't do it at release, mainly because of stability issues.
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I can't wait to see what kind of ingame holiday events the game will have to offer. I probably won't take WED off, but I'll take THU & FRI off.
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Everything in moderation, you know?


That's for the people who aren't good at their addictions...
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