Disclaimer: It is not my intent to start any controversy or see a flame war sprout from the following post. The following is expressly my opinion and not necessarily fact or the opinion of others.
I like the fact that they released the game when they said they were going to. I played the whole time in the open beta, and I knew there were a mess of problems, but I was ready to play.
SE was in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation with the launch of this game. I can only imagine some of the threads/posts that would've followed an announcement that they pushed back the release.
It's an unfortunate fact, but I work in retail. I know from experience that people are more likely to voice their opinion if they have a complaint. My point is, despite all of the negativity you see on these and other forums, there are far more people that are perfectly happy playing right now. I for one would've been super-mega-****** if they pushed back the release.
I remember saying "If they push this release back, I'm getting some money back for my CE pre-order. That's $75.00. Hypothetical situation: They, albeit reluctantly, refund even 1/2 of my pre-order because now I have to wait another 2? 3? months to play a game I was promised on Sept. 22. $37.00 is 3 months worth of subscription fees. The game has been out now for almost 6 weeks, and I'm considering a career change that would not afford me much opportunity to play. "Hey gamestop, never mind, cancel my pre-order and give me a full refund." There goes all of those monthly fees.
That's not how it happened though. I got my pre-order, and I'm enjoying playing in spite of all of the difficulties. Plus I got 2 free months! I've seen a lot of people say "We're playing the beta." I'm fine with that, as long as they let me keep my progress! I'll admit, I'm putting a lot of hope in the November and December updates. The pressure is on SE to make them count, because next month, they will have paying customers.
Considering my current situation, I very well may have decided not to join FFXIV if the game wasn't released yet. Now I'm looking for a feasible way to bring it on the road with me in the event I do change jobs. By the way, I may be posting from a laptop in a tractor trailer by early spring. Might be fun, ding rank 50 fisher in Houston, TX. Start grinding alchemy again in Orlando, FL, then do some conjurer leves in Nebraska... oh wait, 3G probably doesn't work in BFE.
I digress. I'll venture to say that most if not all of us here on ZAM are MMO lovers. For whatever reason we are drawn to the experience. I like the fact that SE stuck to their guns and released this game when they said they were going to. If they delayed it, I probably wouldn't be playing.
I started this character at the CE launch, and played for about 2 months. Haven't touched it since.