Why the rush? Why do you want to level up so fast?
If you are not having fun, thats fine. But if you are - enjoy the journey, why does it matter how long it takes to level up.
It is a recent trend in MMO's that actually playing the game is a terrible distraction from the real purpose which is endgame. SE have made a game where the game itself is the point, not necessarily endgame.
The only reason the steep levelling curve could possibly be a concern to people is if they just want to get levelling over and done with. If this is the case, perhaps SE MMO's are really not the games for you. In both FFXI and FFXIV, getting to the cap is a real achievement in itself requiring time, effort and dedication. There are plenty of MMO's on the market today that will suit the person who wants to cap in a week. In fact, given that 3/4 of the world's population plays one of them I would have thought there is plenty out there for taht sort of gamer.
I enjoy levelling, dont care about endgame, like stat based games, and enjoy crafting so I'm pretty happy.
Why do I want to level up so fast? Very simple, and it has nothing to do with rushing to the endgame. Right now, combat is boring. The faster you level, the more abilities you have to play with, and the less time you spend fighting the same monsters over and over in the same boring battles.
So your conclusions are pretty far off. It has nothing to do with endgame. It has to do with access to content. Abilities and monsters are content, although not especially fantastic content, and there is no reason for access to this content to be so constrained. Even the most fundamental content of using abilities to kill monsters comes at a snail's pace.
As for the remarks about this being a tutorial set of questions, that's a fair speculation, but I absolutely do not trust SE to do better in the future. If these questions are so basic because they're for beginners, I'd put better money on them stopping completely after they run out of beginner information to share. I would like to give SE the benefit of the doubt, but having done so a thousand times before has not proved fruitful.
Ultimately a video game is a leisure activity that should be fun. For some people, somehow FFXIV accomplishes that for them... maybe they've never played another MMO so it's all new to them, or maybe they really just don't have anything better to do... I really can't imagine it myself. I think most people are playing the game now in hopes that it BECOMES fun after SE fixes it, and I fear those people are in for a major disappointment. Even if SE is being more proactive this time around, the game is so far off from where it needs to be that I'll bet it's still going to take years to address the backlog of complaints (at least in SE time). Edited, Oct 27th 2010 2:48pm by Kachi
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
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Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.