Greetings to all,
I'm sitting at work, not wanting to actually do anything constructive, so i go through the forums, reading someone's rant or someone else speculations. I suddenly think to myself, why are people so eager to get a beta key. From one ironic perspective, I have been at that spot. Constantly refreshing my mail hoping to see a beta key, until one day I gave up. When I told this story to a friend of mine, he said the magical words, "you can have my beta for FFXIV account". So now I’ve been playing and testing the game since Beta Phase 3.
Now I’ve been thinking about this, I love the Final Fantasy Franchise; I’ve been in love with FFXIV ever since NA release. All those golden moments i spent with my friends and family there have been burnt in my memory and will stay there forever.
I want the same experience except Next-Gen, so FFXIV is generally recommended for a person like me. Yet playing an incomplete game will nowhere near give you that kind of feeling. Yes you can test, Yes you can play, but no matter how open minded you are you can't be immersed like you'd hope to be. A beta test of a game is NOT a demo, if you have the mindset that says "I want to play this now, to experience what it has to offer" you will be let down, as developers will implement specific systems on purpose which needs to be tested so they can fully deliver their game.
And then, when you successfully win that pie eating contest to get a beta key, what’s the first thing you do? You download the beta client and play. What happens a week after you play and notice that a lot of things need to be adjusted? "Oh My God, This is unplayable" - you start seeing people on the beta forums saying "good bye FFXIV" or such emotional rants about an incomplete game or what not.
In the end, the message that I'm trying to deliver to you is that; if you DO get a beta client, don't expect to be playing the game for fun, as I said before it’s an incomplete test of a game. Please be constructive to the game if you are really eager to play it properly, give the developers your concerns and post the bugs you encounter without ranting about them. If you had fun playing the Final Fantasy Franchise so far have faith in the developers and help them make a good game, a game that you can call your own, and officially say "I helped make the game what it is today"
Please, let me know what you think about my thoughts on the beta key giveaway's that are happening.
Do people what the key just to play, or do you think they want to be constructive? What would you be doing if you do get the beta invite?
Why can’t people wait till the official release? Is it the suspense? Is it the lack of information about the game?
Do you think that people are aware that it is an incomplete game at the moment?
I would love to see what people think about this =) so please no flaming, it’s just an article!