So as some of you know, I'm a game artist (among other creative things). I've been on projects before in my various jobs, especially in games, where a the entire product is completely wrecked by the few top management people...
They swoop in with their 'amazing' ideas, and by the end of the day it is done. Meanwhile around the water cooler everyone is agreeing it's a horrible idea (including the people who's job it is to decide these things), but nobody can say anything because he's "the producer, the director, the art director, head office"... Nobody can call them out and say "We're not doing that, you don't know what you're talking about" (which they usually really don't, all they know is management).
I understand first hand how frustrating it is to have put years of your best artistic intentions into a piece of work, and see it get horrible reviews because of the problems everyone knew about but were powerless to argue with. It becomes something you're ashamed to have in your portfolio, and because of that your years of work have left you with nothing.
I hear about that comment made by one of their bosses (possibly tanaka?) where he said he told the team "Don't listen to the bad reviews, the internet is always that mean". What he should have said is "Don't listen to those bad reviews, they're all talking about my/the leaders' mistakes".
The point of my post is this : To you creative souls behind FFXIV, my brothers in industry. The modelers, texture artists, animators, character designers, composers, FX artists, shader programmers, writers etc... You did an amazing job. I'm personally inspired by what I've seen in this game, and impressed by many countless details I've noticed in my play time, from technical to artistic. I would be proud to work beside any of you.
I sincerely feel for you, who have to see your hard work overshadowed by the trashy decisions of the few in control. I hope you will somehow see this (maybe translated by your alleged forum reading team) and remember to be happy with what the visual team has accomplished. There is nobody who can criticize that.
ps: If someone at SE really is reading the english forums and sees this, please do translate and forward to them. I think they probably need the boost. I wish my Japanese was good enough to have written this in your language myself. If you do forward this to them, please PM me, it would make me happy to know they'll see it.
Edited, Oct 6th 2010 1:01am by RattyBatty