The title is a bit misleading, but there is a bit of concern I have in regards to this game.
It's not the world, the graphics, or the gameplay, all of that looks great.
It's the fact that I log onto this site expecting to read about FFXIV, and instead I come in to discover several new hourly threads about graphic card sales, computer building and benchmark questions. This is not, I repeat NOT the fault of the posters here, everyone has the right to be worried if their computer can run this game, and deservingly so, because it's going to be ******* awesome. It's the disbelief I have that nobody has contended, complained, or cried about the ridiculous amount of stress and cash that is borderline required to play this game.
Raise your e-hand if you want to play this game, but have no foreseeable time-table to play because you can't run it.
Growing up with a computer my entire life I know how to navigate the web, check my mail, and complete school projects, the only things a casual computer user should have to know. I shouldn't have to be researching new parts, or new computers entirely. The threads involving benchmark scores are virtually in another language to me, and I would assume a good amount of people feel the same way. I am amazed that SE thinks they can try and compete with other companies when the game can only be run by 50% of the people that want it.
Now let's get this part out of the way quick, I have a 15", 2009 MacBook Pro. I KNOW MACS AREN'T MEANT FOR GAMING. There is this notion that everyone who wants to play FFXIV has the hardware to run the game. I got this Mac for school, because the University I attend sells them at a huge discount, not to mention it is much more practical for me in just about every aspect of life, not Eorzea. I had no intention of buying a gaming computer because aside from FFXIV, I don't play video games too often (unless it is a casual multiplayer game like NHL or FIFA). Should I, along with thousands of other people, be penalized because we can't fork over thousands of dollars for a new "rig" to play a game on mediocre settings? My friend using bootcamp on the exact same computer I have scored just over 1000 on the benchmark, or in other words, unplayable. Now of course the benchmark isn't 100% accurate, but no matter how it's sliced my computer won't be able to run it on the lowest of low settings. My computer can run every other game out there, including SC2, on understandable settings. I can only imagine what scores the 2008 MBP owners are getting (shame on them for going to university a year earlier!). Nonetheless, I'll stop talking about the benchmark because that's not what this thread is about, it's not about just me.
I know I am fighting an uphill battle here, because most of the people that post and read on allakhazam are hardcore FFXIV fans, aka the ones that are willing to fork over the money. I too am a hardcore FFXIV fan, and the first thing I did after E3 2009 was go on this site to read and speculate. The rest was history, until June 15th, when this became an electronics forum. The video game store is going to be congested as **** when hundreds of people are returning the game because they tried to run it and it wouldn't even load. Not everyone knows what a benchmark is, and quite frankly they shouldn't have to, to play a game that has been in the works for over half a decade.
I would like nothing more then to lean back in a chair, turn off the lights and play FFXIV for hours on September 30th. Unfortunately for me and others, September 30th of 2011 is looking like a long shot as well, and it saddens me to see a forum so full of angst and curiosity 10 months ago turn into a computer parts forum.