I have been playing both since a really long time (FF XI since PS2 release, WoW since release). I am not judge in any matter, nor am I a reference for anything. Everything writed here is purely my own opinions.
First off, I have very good friends in a WoW guild. They are mature people who jokes around and they are fun to play with. And you know, they laugh about the fact people call characters "toons", how GS is the most epic fail to ever happen in a video game and how we need to put, even in raids, time to comply that this is the end and that real matter more than our progression. No drama ever. They recruit. but don't bump thread around, as it is not quantity that they wanna bring, but quality and good people as a whole. They are selfless, helping people, never screaming to each others, relaxed. Pure joy to be playing with.
Do you know how this feels like ? FF XI, and that's why I still play WoW, for the community I've found there. Of course I don't play that much often anymore, but I do think it's the greatest bunch of people I've found on WoW.
Otherwise, from a spectator point, it is horrible.
Flame me for this, karma's gonna get low, I don't care on this one. I express what I really do feel like about it and I do hereby accept also any unkind reply that will be posted in regard of this. Oh, and I also love you all !
Often I do tell people in my guild how a majority of WoW players should have played FF XI before ever step up in a MMO. Not because FF XI is harder or have superior elements than WOW itself. It's because of community and respect a lot of player learned or got from FF XI. Yes there were/are jerks also on FF XI, but seriously nothing is given on a plate, you had to work, and not just alone, with more than 40 people sometiems.. Until recently, a lot of stuff were acquiring by helping others getting something. You had to be respectful, you needed people to achieve excellence and it wasn't a PUG 25-man away.
Barrens chat, Goldshire chat, TRADE FREAKING CHAT. Try to see something when those are on and active under loads of irrespectful comments, flame wars, bumping and spamming PUGs and Guild recruiting. Other than guild members, and even so, nobody seems to care to the one next to him. If you're ****** or wanna make fun of someone, you can always jump on another character, nobody will recognize you. Where is the entire respect in those childish behavior ? Who would want anybody doing that coming into your community ?
You know another problem ? PUGs. Blizzard care about their customers. They care meaby a lot more than SE, I agree with that. But PUGs ? Pinnacle of selfishness. It helps casual and I really do thing it does, but don't help the community in a whole in my opinion. Another good reason not to need anybody, you just need to have a good GS and you have access to a raid whitout anybody knowing you're a moron or can't pull their numbers in DPS. Seriously, you don't need to respect us as nobody will need you anyway afterward...
I still play WoW. I love the lore, some of the storyline. I loved when you had to work hard with everybody so you could attain something in-game. I loved how Vanilla and surprisingly BC were. Even by voicing my opinion, if you like WoW, I am happy for you as you found a game that you enjoy and that's a good thing.
Except, when you come to a FF XI or FF XIV forums and knows how the terminology is (if you don't, I mean, it's understandable), PLEASE, PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE, use it. It is not a "guild", it's "Linkshell" or "Company". They are no RAIDS, we do not even know if there is some kind of PROGRESSION.
WoW is popular, but his status doesn't gives anybody a reason to use his terminology to identify things while it might confused players more than anything. It is not a reference either. Who would really want childish and selfishness coming from that game (generalisation, but again you see my point)?
Again, and I mean it,
I love you all !
Edited, Sep 13th 2010 7:09pm by MisterRandy