I know I am going to be mentioning something that's been said thousands of times by now but this is just my personal experience as a semi-casual player and maybe someone has a similar experience.
A little background first so you know where I am coming from. I am fairly casual when it comes to MMOs. I've played everything from original Everquest to Eq2, SWG, CoH, FFXI (less than half a year), Aion, WoW (also less than half a year, subscribed but not playing right now), etc and now FFXIV. But when I play, I play for a few hours a day, and rarely get even close to end game. I take my time to level up and enjoy the game, and if I get bored I move on. The longest I played an MMO was probably SWG for about 2 years after it started. I like to solo, but don't mind playing groups. I liked FFXI but ultimately I couldn't take the inability to solo.
So when I heard of FFXIV I was very excited. I played the open beta (my computer was too slow), but I persevered and bought CE version and my computer could handle it just fine at the early start.
I like the game. It's solo friendly (at least in the early levels) and I can do things at my own pace. I like the combat dynamics. I like crafting. I like the graphics. I don't mind running around. I like the ability to be leisurely. But then some of the problems hit... The need to craft and be high level to make anything decent, the questless grind, but ultimately the lack of AH or any kind of search function. The thing is, it's just the lack of the AH where I couldn't craft/or buy the simplest low level stuff for my character for weeks on end that caused me to just give up. That is all... In almost all the other MMOs I could at least have that thought that when I advance in levels I can get some better armor/weapon to slightly improve myself. But I hit a wall here...
All the other problems I could overlook because I enjoy the game so much. But it took me a week just to find a spear. And I don't find enjoyment in medieval retainer searches that take hours with no results, no matter how many advantages that might have (probably none) over a regular economic tool such as AH.
I am 34 years old. I enjoyed this game. I could overlook all the other problems and keep playing. But the lack of the most basic functionality that forms the basis of almost any modern MMO's economy is just a killer. And I am sure it stopped a lot of other people from waiting for the game to improve.
I just stopped playing... Now I just wait. If SE introduces a retainer search I will come back, but if it's not there by the end of the 2nd month, I am not subscribing to keep waiting. If SE is smart, they would know that the lack of AH or similar tools has cost them a huge number of people who otherwise might've stuck around for the fixes, and they would focus on getting that in ASAP. Better to admit mistakes and cut your losses than to stick to your guns and lose everything.
Edited, Oct 27th 2010 7:53pm by Vlorsutes Lock Thread: Complaint topic (redirected to complaint thread)