I've seen this thread (or others about the same issue) about a dozen times but not once did I read siomeone presenting a way to make the UI more friendly (maybe with the exception of:make it like WoW).
I still say that players just need to get used to it.
the whole UI should be user friendly, ffxi was user friendly and look how that turn out. better understanding does lead to better game play, but complexity leads to head aches. Im not saying that in time ppl will get use to it, but if you had a formula that works why mess with it or make it worst. Edited, Sep 23rd 2010 7:38am by gaiaxzero
That's the thing, you say how bad it is but don't offer in any way to improve it.
Change to FFXI's UI with a few modifications for FFXIV specific things. Add the ability to split the chat box into 2 or 3 sub boxes with filters.
There, it's better.
It's seemingly simple and little things that are annoying. They've added an extra confirmation or menu in so many aspects of the game compared to FFXI. If I want to check my buddy list, I have to go Social Lists then decide if I want to look at my Friend's List or my Blacklist. Come on...how often am I going to be check out my blacklist? Show the friend's list by default.
Basicly the problem is this.
In FFXI menues were arranged like this
Default menu -> Alternate menu
FFXIV is like this
/ | \
This is the kind of mistake made by people who don't know anything about designing an efficient UI. It might seem all neat and organized but it it slows things down by forcing the user to take additional actions to get to what they want.
It is much more efficient to put the most commonly used actions on a default menu and then put the less commonly used actions on an alternate menu that can be flipped to while on the default menu.
FFXI's UI had a learning curve but it was
efficient once you learned everything.
FFXIV's UI will never be as efficient because they have inserted unnecessary actions into getting from point A to point B within the UI.
In UI design less is more. You should only add a sub menu when you absolutely have to for things such as data input for a selected action. Edited, Sep 24th 2010 4:04am by Lobivopis