Well, I actually joined a few days before that giveaway and just kinda wanted a place to talk about FFXIV since I'm pretty much trying to make it "my MMO"; I've been playing MMOs with EQ1 in like year 2000, but I never really ... I never really do much in them, y'know, like I love the style of game and the concept but I always end up meeting some of the WORST people and having bad luck, or the people that played with me stopped playing abruptly, or I have problem running the given MMO on my computer, etc. With FFXIV I've already preordered the CE, knowing that I'll enjoy it, being a huge FF fan and always wanting to start a BIG MMO the moment it comes out so I don't always feel like a "newbie" and knowing my computer can indeed run it, so I'm pretty excited...
Like I said, I started MMOs with EverQuest. My older stepbrother got me into it, and I enjoyed it but everyone we knew who played was too high level to help me out, so I'd end up doing a lot of stuff alone or with strangers that were nice but didn't seem to have any interest in /friending or anything like that, so eventually I just kinda felt "alone" and stopped playing. I hated the monthly fee thing so bad back then, too, especially since it was my mother paying for it at the time, and I couldn't really stand that honestly. That's sorta how it always was with MMOs till I started getting my own money, and one big reason I never stuck with them, among other things.
In 2004 I went the way of EverQuest 2 rather than WoW because again my step brothers and their friends were hyped on playing it. I couldn't run EQ2 at all until I upgraded my video card like a month or two after launch, and even then it ran very laggy. In fact, even after another video card upgrade a couple years later it still never ran very well for me, but to this day it's my favorite experience I've ever had with an MMO. I got very high levelled on many characters and met many truly mature and kind people that were a blast to play the game with, and I always had people IRL playing it, and the Mentoring system made it possible for us to play with each other even if we weren't within level range. It was great, though I hated how much of a moneyhog Sony Online Entertainment was, what with way too many expansions, mini-expansions, even adding a cash shop and digital collectible card game... it just felt so *wrong*, despite the fact that the game itself was great.
I finally did play both WoW and FFXI, the MMOs I'd "missed", around 2006 or so; WoW I've tried to play probably 5 or 6 different times since I first got it and every single time I am just reminded at how you CANNOT meet ANY people to party with or even talk to in that insufferably immature and pathetically elitist community on every single server, even RP servers, and that it's depressingly boring playing on your own. It's like the game is made in a way that I'd have loved it if only the community wasn't... classic Blizzard online community, forever 12 years old, forever impossible to deal with.
As for FFXI, I played it very briefly with the free month in 2006 or so, could NOT stand the controls or the user interface or anything, and quickly quit. Late in 2009, it came to Steam and was on sale for something like 15 dollars, including all expansions and another free month for me, so I tried it out again. This time, I had two people to play with; someone who was a veteran and wanted to start over, and another friend that was new to it like me. I played it for a couple weeks and was actually having a ton of fun, but my veteran friend quickly found some more vets to party with and ended up zooming way past me in levels, and never helping me anymore, getting mad at me if I asked. My newb friend was in fact very new to MMOs in general and you could tell he just didn't really like it at all, he quit at like level 16. I ended up getting to like 28 MNK / 14 WAR before I finally gave up even attempting to solo, and the LS my vet friend had "set me up" with literally did nothing but dunes from minimum level to 75 using that level-link system thing, and I got so so so bored. But when I went to Jeuno and tried to ask for help and find parties, people acted kind of "elitist" to me, leading to the opinion I posted about in that "you don't have to be an ffxi oldbie, right?" thread. Maybe I should've asked more or something, but I just get the feeling that I started way, way too late, and there was just no hope. It's a pity, because FFXI looked like something I could've really gotten into...
And that's why I wanna be sure to play FFXIV when it's brand new. And I wanna post at places like this to try and make friends that might actually help me and not give up on me for stupid reasons, since I AM willing to learn anything, and I AM loyal, and in the case of this game I should be as knowledgeable about it as anyone could possibly be, playing as early as I plan to.
Huge introductory post because Jecht kinda gave me the feeling that was okay to do within this thread; I dunno if there's any actual place to make introductory posts here but hopefully it's fine within this thread, though I dunno if anyone'll read this big thing lol. ANYWAY, HI.