I cannot play FFXIV any longer. The game is beautiful. It is wonderful to play. I have fun with every single aspect of the system. But the coding is so horrific and the server lag is... Even on the 'good', 'new' server, it takes my system up to two minutes for NPCs to rez in. And I don't know if that's my computer, I don't know if that's the servers, I don't know what's causing it. But when simple interaction keeps me from doing anything? I want to keep playing. I want to so badly. But the only game I've seen worse than this, with this sort of I don't know what was Tabula Rasa.
I want to play. I want to PLAY. I want to bury myself headfirst in the crafting system and not come out for days. I want to be a level 50 Disciple of the Hand before beta ends. I don't know what's wrong. If it's my computer (and my computer's not great, but I've only seen three games that've run this badly, and those were Tabula Rasa, All Points Bulletin, and FFXIV) I can accept that. I've got an AMD dualcore 2.0 processor, 1.5 gigs of DDR1 RAM, and a Radeon HD 4670 512 meg video card. It's not great, but I can run just about anything I care to. I've got 350k/s down 150k/s up DSL. It's not great but it's never caused a problem in any other game. These all meet the minimum requirements. I should have the minimum requirements right here to run the game on the lowest settings just fine, which I do - I'm happy just to be able to play.
I'm scared, a little - I see a wonderful, excellent game here, and I can't tell if it's my computer that's ******** it up.. or if SqueEnix is making a wonderful game buried beneath horrible code.