Maybe im just really old school, but back in the day, when playing just an RPG, you would keep a notebook of things you needed to remember to do or look into or attempt (i.e. chocobo breeding FFVII). I'm sorry that WoW made everything idiot proof, but don't take it out on FFXIV. (seriously they had to make quest & gathering items sparkle so people would know where to collect them)
And you don't have to memorize 400 recipes.... its people that think its work to look things up, that become the worst players in an mmo... and are asking to have the players that are willing to look things up to hold their hand.
Exactly. I miss the good old RPG games where you kept a notebook next to your computer. Now a days video games are as mindless as watching TV. You used to have to think, strategize, and organize yourself to beat RPGs. I actually enjoyed "having to memorize" 400 recipes, or enemy affinities, elemental effects, etc. etc. That was what defined the genre.
I mentioned that in one of the many other threads. Originally I said something like "Some of these complaints sound like some people want the game to be less final fantasy." Still stand behind that 1, but maybe "Sounds like some people want the RPG in MMORPG removed" works better. Many people have their own definitions of what's considered an RPG these days, that's another argument altogether, but to me part of it is the extra work. Figuring out what the heck that ambiguous NPC message meant, maybe paying a little attention to the cutscenes & other info, etc. And now you have a journal updating you on what to do(which is more than I expected). If you get stuck, you'll have the many fansites around to check out.
Maybe that's another case of trying to keep some of the true oldschool rpg feeling while catering to a modern online crowd -shrugs-
Edited, Sep 13th 2010 11:26am by TwistedOwl