I'm writing as more of an editorial out-reach to those who are bashing against the FFXIV beta.
I have been playing MMORPGs for a long time, 3years WoW, FFXI for 7. Before the burning crusade came out, and before the rise of the zilart came out. But, this isnt about wow..its about our dear SE.
i remember in FFXI, at the earliest stages, the entire game would crash if 2 people went through the same zone. as soon as SE found out that was the issue they did a server wide message letting everyone know that this was the issue, the reason why it happened, how they were going to fix it and when. they gave players 2 hours to call it quits and BAM. 4hour emergency update. after that, the issue was solved. In the future of course more issues arose but they jumped on it just the same. SE knows what they are doing and the issues that exist in FFXIV. Cut them some slack on the fact that SE has been making amazing games for YEARS. before a lot of people were actually old enough to read little pixel blocks that resembled words and realize the red pixel was a red mage and the blue one was a black mage.
SE is shuting down the beta for 2 days straight to iron out the big stuff. And when i heard that, i was so glad and relieved because i know that in those 2 days, problems will be fixed. doesnt mean they wont exist however, but the annoying stuff will be fixed.
I remember getting stuck under a bridge at the bottom of a lake on FFXI, with a GM standing next to me going "WTF?!" yet, 2seconds later i was back at my Mog House with a friendly "^^ glad i could assist you."
Have faith peeps. SE will come through, and show us why they are one of the top game producing companies. all games have issues that suck..lag always blows. You cant do anything in SW auction house at peak time..because to everyone else, you're tele hacking, yet to you, youre just lagging your way home.
I dont know about most of you, but some are upset and are recalling their pre-orders. Me? i'm even more exicted because i see so much potential in this game. we know there is a plan for expansion already. "Eorzea is one area, part of a continent of 3." c'mon. FFXI was fun, but then NIN came, and the game became amazing. The same will happen with FFXIV. SE is always fixing stuff, and to those of you who think they dont listen to people, they do. if enough people simply email them, or put in the beta dev notes what is crappy, they'll hop on it. I thought SAM in FFXI was uber buffed and it was unfair. 2weeks later, patch balanced them back out. They truly do care about the consumer, they have no money otherwise.
Let's try a number/bullet system
1. SE rocks
2. There is always room for improvement
3. There will always be games with sh*tty aspects
4. If your lag is unbearable, check your hardware. More RAM is an easy fix, as is a new Gen-video card. ( best-buy sells decent 1gb cards for 70usd )
5. Have faith in JP...they're scary smart.
6. A game being different from WoW, isn't bad.
7. Remember that WoW has been up for years, they've already ironed out the big stuff.
8. Patience in JP...they're scary smart.
9. Patience in SE...they're just scary awesome.
P.S. I apologize to those of you that were offended by the word: "***." I personally am not offended by slurs used towards my behalf, and my objective was not to offend, but rather to substantiate a point. It appears that the thread has deviated from its original intent, which was to reassure the faith in SE and all constituents therein. The slur was nothing more than a generality used to sum the people that comprise SE, but I admit that stereotyping/generalizing people into a category may offend some of you out there. With that in mind, I also encourage you all to relax and progress away from your tender sensibilities and grow up. This is a forum after all and the topic of conversation was aimed very differently. Put the critical "I'm better than you because I don't like your word usage" away, and engage a topic of conversation the way it is meant to be engaged. This is an article and I presented a point of view. If you object the point of view, please present the information to counter the argument. As far as the whole "this is fanboy," I will agree that it may be considered fanboy as my point is to give credit to SE as an establishment, but in subjecting me to that label/generality, it is no better or worse than the generality I used in my argument.
Edited, Sep 16th 2010 3:20am by sugarspence