I know, I know... I've posted a few threads complaining about various things. So now, I'm going to post about what I've done to turn the game around for myself.
About a week ago, I was right at the edge of quitting and never coming back. I just wasn't really having fun playing anymore, but I think I figured out why. I was forcing myself to do things I didn't want to. IN part, I think it's the crafting system's fault. Although it has it's good side (like being able to repair my own gear which is a GODSEND), I often felt like I was just playing Final Craftasy. I would spend hours doing the crafting leves, running from place to place trying to make sure I got all 8 done, and then spending MORE time pumping out mats to get higher craft levels. It got old. I felt like I didn't even want to log on anymore and I dreaded picking up the same 8 dull crafting leves over and over over.
Then I woke up one day and realized, why the **** am I doing all this crafting if I'm not having fun? I had fallen into the trap of thinking that I HAD to do all the leves. The truth is, I can do whatever I want in game. So what if I'm not one of the first crafters to 50. So what if I don't do my 8 leves a day. Instead, I just do whatever I want to do in game.
Lately, that has been doing some of the r30 leves in the "dungeons" which have been a nice change of pace. Granted, I still want some variety from the "kill xxx" quests, but at least the areas are different, and the travel time is exceedingly short which is really great. I also started doing group SP pt's with my LS. The only thing I can say is, man is that fun. We usually had between 4-6 of us and it really feels like an xp pt. I was tanking, we had a healer, a debuffer, and usually 2-3 DD's. Battles were fast and fun, with good SP rewards. We have been fighting crabs, hippocerfs, ewes, does, you name it. I think we will try efts soon. It was really fun, and the Coerthas zone is just absolutely breathtaking. I can't wait until they open Jeuno... er Ishgard. >.>
In summary, I finally realized that the game really is what you make it. It certainly isn't perfect, and I don't think there's a poster here that could argue that it is, but there is a lot more there than you think, you just need to go out and look for it. And lastly, do what's fun for you. Don't do it because you think you need to, do it because you want to and its fun.
Edited, Nov 8th 2010 11:08am by BartelX