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#1 Sep 02 2010 at 6:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Griefers, Complainers, lucky ones who got open beta codes before they suspended the program:

Server issues, lag, download issues can all be attributed to beta blues. It's not even past day 1, and people are ready to blow their own heads off. Come back in a week and things will be better, i promise that much.
For the record, I was down in San Antonio all week and just got back today and was unable to get a beta key, despite being in the closed beta. It's ok, retail is a month away and the first couple days of closed beta were just as brutal.

Now, I want to share a few quick things:

I had a chance to play this game on...ahem...private servers this week. There's a lot of good news. The new cities are fantastic, the graphics are smooth (granted these were high end demo units), and the biggest glitches seemed to be fixed (first things i checked were assigning abilities and selecting AoE vs. single target with a controller, both were fixed). The time difference between selecting an ability and it taking effect was also reduced greatly from beta 3. If you are experiencing lag, slowdown, or anything else, rest assured it will be fixed. Here's a few reasons why things might be rough:

1. Server optimization - Guys, closed beta, open beta, stress test, whatever you wanna call it, its not the retail release. So don't be hypercritical and treat it as such. Download servers aren't working perfect, world servers are crashing. This is beta, it happens.

2. This is a foreign company - Remember, the developers of this game write code and install servers in a foreign country. It takes a bit longer for things to cross the pond and get resolved. I admit S-E's track record isn't the best, but they've shown improvements, and hopefully will have quicker turn around when people pay for the game.

3. Your system can't cut it. Yes, there's no rhyme or reason to why my computer can run the game and a higher end one doesn't, but if it doesn't run the beta, don't play the beta. You will seriously need to re-evaluate whether you can justify the cost of upgrading to match what people seem to post works well with the game vs. just skipping it until its been out a while. I'm not saying to ***** the game or go blow 1000$, just give it time and keep your eyes peeled for updates on this forum and S-E before you have a heart attack.

4. Have faith, this is the largest RPG company in the world - Big company. Lots of money. A huge investment in the future with this title. This is a business as much as it is a game, and if people don't play, they won't make money. Which means they will make changes. Square is not out to ***** you and take your money. If your worried after about a week from now, then wait for reviews and check Occasionally for updates on great sites like this one. No one is forcing you to play. If you're here, its because you liked FFXI or another MMO, or are a Final Fantasy fan. It does not mean that you need to religiously check on minute by minute updates and cry when it doesn't work out well for you. If you like it, play it. If you don't, then there's plenty of fish in the sea, go swim there please.


P.S. I know this might start a flame war and thats not my goal, but seriously guys, its day 1 (kinda). Come back in a week and see if the mood has changed.
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#2 Sep 02 2010 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Do you work for SE? Are you one of em secret undercover zam SE worker HMM!?! HMM!!!
#3 Sep 02 2010 at 6:23 PM Rating: Good
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I think it's fair that I'm frustrated. I've seen the server error page 16 trillion times today. I had nightmares about it when I was sleeping earlier today.
I have friends playing in OB right now and I would like to join them... I'm sad.
#4 Sep 02 2010 at 6:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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Imaboomer wrote:
Do you work for SE? Are you one of em secret undercover zam SE worker HMM!?! HMM!!!


Don't be ridiculous. That would require far, far, FAR more marketing talent and regard for their non-Japanese market than they have demonstrated throughout the entirety of FFXI's history.
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#5 Sep 02 2010 at 6:41 PM Rating: Decent
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No, actually, if you check my other posts you can easily find out where i work, LOL.
Shona, its day one of the open beta. see if you're frustrated in a week, look back, and see if you maybe were quick to judge.

One more thing i forgot:
5. The mouse - it sucks. I know it sucks, you know it sucks. Don't use it. Buy a wired 360 controller, a ps3 controller, ****, a cheap logitech dual analog controller will work. This game was designed from the ground up for controller play to make it a bit more balanced for ps3 and pc people to play together. This isn't new; play WoW with a mouse then try to play FFXI with a mouse. For the record, I saw some decent, FFXIV branded controllers this week, so maybe in the not too distant future they will have one at a decent price for those who don't already own controllers.
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#6 Sep 02 2010 at 6:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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MerylStryfe wrote:
No, actually, if you check my other posts you can easily find out where i work, LOL.
Shona, its day one of the open beta. see if you're frustrated in a week, look back, and see if you maybe were quick to judge.

One more thing i forgot:
5. The mouse - it sucks. I know it sucks, you know it sucks. Don't use it. Buy a wired 360 controller, a ps3 controller, ****, a cheap logitech dual analog controller will work. This game was designed from the ground up for controller play to make it a bit more balanced for ps3 and pc people to play together. This isn't new; play WoW with a mouse then try to play FFXI with a mouse. For the record, I saw some decent, FFXIV branded controllers this week, so maybe in the not too distant future they will have one at a decent price for those who don't already own controllers.


How does not being frustrated in a week change how I feel right now?
I'm not judging the game, I'm sure it's fine (aside from not being able to use the arrow keys for camera control).
My issue is with how poorly this is being handled and implemented.
I'll still get the CE regardless and play for years and years.
This just ****** me off for the most part. Married people fight and argue... then they have make-up *** and get over it. =)
#7 Sep 02 2010 at 7:08 PM Rating: Decent
"Download servers"???
The torrent program that updates files stinks because it's simply coded horribly and so forth. Yet we're forced to use it because apparently using a different torrent program will get us banned upon release.
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#8 Sep 02 2010 at 7:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Meryl,
Props. . .
I am with you on this all the way. . .
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