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#1 Oct 07 2010 at 11:56 PM Rating: Excellent
Our newest Disciples of the Pen contributor is Sephrick, who asks whether the New York Comic Con will be the last chance for Square Enix to repair the tarnished image of Final Fantasy XIV. He also runs through the Final Fantasy titles of the past decade and question whether SE has lost the edge that once made the company great.

Check it out here!

Discuss it here.
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#2 Oct 07 2010 at 11:58 PM Rating: Good
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I'm trying to read it. It says error on page :/
#3 Oct 08 2010 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
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Thayos wrote:
Our newest Disciples of the Pen contributor is Sephrick, who asks whether the New York Comic Con will be the last chance for Square Enix to repair the tarnished image of Final Fantasy XIV. He also runs through the Final Fantasy titles of the past decade and question whether SE has lost the edge that once made the company great.

Check it out here!

Discuss it here.


"April" Fools? Ha you got me... no, really where is it? :P
#4 Oct 08 2010 at 12:01 AM Rating: Excellent
Is it still not working? Link works for me just fine.
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#5 Oct 08 2010 at 12:03 AM Rating: Good
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Works for me Smiley: clap
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#6 Oct 08 2010 at 12:05 AM Rating: Good
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It's all good now. (> **)b
#7 Oct 08 2010 at 12:09 AM Rating: Good
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I so hope someone from SE reads this. Seriously, if SE read just this one article they would understand everything about this game that has disappointed me.
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#8 Oct 08 2010 at 12:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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the link doesn't give me much to read either.

anyway, i'm basing wheather i'm going to stick around after the first free month, plus one paid month. if in 2 months the game isn't patched, (i don't need a 100% fix on everything, just make it...better i guess for lack of a better word) i'm going to cancel.

2 months is alot of time to change things. especially with a company with the resources of SE.

ive seen other companies basically change a game in less time.
#9 Oct 08 2010 at 2:34 AM Rating: Good
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Excellently well written, Sephrick!

Being a player who was anxiously waiting for the console release, I find myself unable to decide if I really want to play this game. Yes, all of the problems that have been described can easily be fixed in time. But that's not what I'm concerned about anymore. It's the absolute abysmal communication skills that this company possesses.

It just confuses me. And sadly, I really don't see them changing their ways. This whole situation reminds me of the whole "Antenna-gate" fiasco with the iPhone 4 and Apple's refusal to acknowledge their design flaw and resolve the error. These companies are just too **** proud.

If SE would make a post on the Lodestone acknowledging the player's plights and indicate how they plan to resolve them, I'm almost positive it would brighten up the forums for a while.

In regards to Comic Con, I'm praying for some information on the PS3 version. If anything, us console users are desperate for information on Beta.

#10 Oct 08 2010 at 2:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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will this be Final Fantasy XIV's last hurrah or its moment of triumph?
If they make some big changes and start fixing their major problems, moment of triumph. Doing what they're doing now will mean failure.

Let's be honest though. SE isn't going to suddenly turn around and be the PR masters that they've never been. They'll release some canned statements about the game and how exciting the new world is, fail to completely answer some softball questions about fixing player issues, then return to Japan to isolate themselves from the community only to periodically release answers for questions that nobody is asking.

Edited, Oct 8th 2010 3:56am by bsphil
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#11 Oct 08 2010 at 3:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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Good stuff Sephrick Smiley: thumbsup
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#12 Oct 08 2010 at 3:56 AM Rating: Good
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I want XIV to bounce back and succeed.

I don't believe SE will sort out the problems that will keep the current player base, past the free month.

Only SE are to blame for their lack of communication and ignorance towards the current MMORPG market; it's workings/successes/failures.

I hope SE sort XIV out before the PS3 release.

If SE don't sort XIV before the PS3 release, i can't see XIV having any viable footing in the MMORPG world.

Word of mouth, I believe, is going to hurt XIV on the PS3.


Edit: After reading the patch notes, it would seem SE are retrieving their thumbs from their collective bums. Being a skeptical person, I stand by my points.

Edited, Oct 8th 2010 5:59am by FluxForce
#13 Oct 08 2010 at 7:59 AM Rating: Good
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Well done Sephrick. I really want this game to succeed but it is going to take work.

I also hate to see this article fall into the depths with all the constant complaint threads.
#14 Oct 08 2010 at 8:45 AM Rating: Good
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I hope and expect SE to improve FFXIV. I have seen quite an improvement from Beta and first week of CE play.

Constructive criticism is one thing, endless complaining is another.
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#15 Oct 08 2010 at 9:28 AM Rating: Good
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You know what this reminds me of, Thayos? Your "Silence of the Devs" article last year. I predict a response from SE within the next week. It seems like when Zam finally posts something critical of SE - it's when they address the community.

Excellent article. Looking forward to the Square Enix Community forthcoming post......

#16 Oct 08 2010 at 9:30 AM Rating: Good
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Fantastic article; well-articulated with extremely cogent points.
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#17 Oct 08 2010 at 10:06 AM Rating: Good
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Loved the article, based on past experience silence I'm sure is all we'll hear, as for fixes, there are far to many throughout the entire game to make much of a dent. Anything big like an Auction House or a fix to there current party system is just going to take to much time. If there was anything to add to the review it would be this is an unfinished MMO and everyone that bought it lost there free month!
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