Now I, along with everybody else, am excited for FFXIV to come out. I like reading the new threads about the beta and how things work. Then I just realized something, are we telling too much?
Think back to when you first got a video game. At least for me, I had no idea what the strategy was or how to build/create items without doing trial/error or learning from the game itself. I didn't know what the exact formula was to get optimal experience points or knew that a boss was weak to a certain spell. Again, take for example starting FFXI, not knowing where to go, exploring around. The games were magical without the pre-hand knowledge. I had a feeling of self accomplishment when I finally killed the boss that killed me at least three times in a row. I felt better figuring out things by myself. It was only until I was more experienced and did as much as I wanted to with the game, that I would want to look at FAQS on how to do things better.
I'm starting to worry what we as the community are doing to ourselves. When FFXI and WoW was released, did we even have online communities dedicated to the game? Back then it seemed that nobody knew what they were doing and it was great. Now we have a community for a game that hasn't been release yet. Even though this is all beta information, here we are spoiling the game for ourselves by explaining game mechanics, giving compiled lists of recipes, etc. I will be even more worried if, before the release, we see a thread explaining optimal experience gaining, what job/abilities combinations are the best. Are we heading in the same direction where if someone enters the game, everyone will expect the game to be played a certain way, and this is even before the game has been actually released? Imagine release day and all we see is a line of people to get to a certain NPC (talk to NPC A, then to NPC B, then NPC A again). Better yet, we find that all magic wielding folk can't get in parties because it's "not efficient" just like in FFXI.
I just don't want the magic to quickly die off for me and many other people when we play because we are not following strategies deemed efficient that are being formulated now.