You incorrectly assume that the only way to report a problem in the game is to complain until you and everyone else around you is miserable
I'm not sure you have the proper experience dealing with SE as some of the other people posting here. Some of us have been posting about ffxi and its problems for probably about 7-8 years. The ONLY time SE pays attention to anything is if there is a HUGE and usually ANGRY outcry. They never respond to courtesy. If they had they would have fixed the problems in Beta. The only way left is to take a jab every time there is a chance. bsphil is right if we are complacent we are simply giving consent for SE to have a subpar game and us be OK with it.
This game is painfully flawed and even the JP community is bothered by it. SE being SE will probably listen to the JP community as it always has. If the JP community keeps complaining expect things to change.
Let's say you have a house, and you haven't mowed the lawn in a while and your front step really needs to be painted, but unfortunately, the disrepair of your home is driving property values down for your neighbors.
20 neighbors come over to you and scream and yell and insult you.
20 other neighbors invite you to a street party, get to know you, feed you, and are generally pleasant, but request that you please paint your front porch.
Which of those things are you likely to do first?
This doesn't apply to our situation. SE are not some neighbors we can wine and dine to get them to listen to us. They are a cold corporation who made a strategically incorrect move in releasing FFXIV before it was ready. Now asking nicely isn't going to get them to change.
The only real exception to this is when their mistakes start to hit their pocket books, at that shows up in their accounting statements, not on a forum.
Right and when people read the bad reviews and rantings on the internet they are less likely to play the game. When they read about how upset the community is and how they are canceling their accounts because this game is in such a bad state we get action. Upset players dont equal a successful game.
At the end of the day the devs are going to focus things based on what they feel the game needs most at the time. Player input does matter, but they have planned this game to a science. They need our perspectives and input,
WTF kind of perspective do you think you need? The game needs a ******* AH how hard is that to understand. People need to be able to navigate the world in a comfortable way. the UI needs to be fixed there needs to be a auto sort. These aren't mysteries of the MMO world...
SE HAS to break the mold to be successful in this game. FFXI is a cult theme. Those who want WoW, should stick with WoW, or play LotR or Star Wars: The Old Republic when that comes out if they are more into one of those themes. Those that like FFXI should keep playing that. I am sure development is not going to stop on that game for a good time yet, especially if people are still playing it. Those who want to try something new, then you are in the right place.
No one is asking for another game we want this game but finished or at least with some basic necessitys.
At the end of the day feedback is feedback. The only thing that matters is that the devs receive it. If 100 people think something is a problem, they are going to fix it, no matter how the feedback is presented.
Wrong. Our experience in FFXI proves other wise.
And by the way, it is communities that kill games, not the devs. Star Wars Galaxies was killed on its forums by haters. Had the haters simply left the game, and not spread their anger and hate, there would still be tens of thousands, if not many more people genuinely enjoy that game right now. Just as an example.
Wrong what killed Star Wars was the clunky UI the Lag the graphics and them remaking the game 4 or so times...