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#1 Nov 10 2010 at 7:36 AM Rating: Excellent
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Are you a power gamer and skip all the reading or do you read the context of every quest and every NPC you come across?
Yes I am a power gamer and just click through dialouge and follow the yellow brick road to get a quest done asap. :16 (35.6%)
No, I like the story behind the quests and also enjoy learning about the history behind the races and classes that some NPC's give us. :29 (64.4%)
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#2 Nov 10 2010 at 7:37 AM Rating: Good
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Umm, Poll generation broken?
#3 Nov 10 2010 at 7:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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Poll Removed: No more than one per thread, please!

Polls can only be made by premium members so there you go.
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#4 Nov 10 2010 at 7:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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I used to skim the leves text boxes until I realized they wernt saying anything important or interesting.
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#5 Nov 10 2010 at 7:58 AM Rating: Default
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Thank you Master, if I could rate you up I would.
#6 Nov 10 2010 at 8:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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I always like to watch the cutscenes and read the dialogue. Might be exposing more of my FF fanboy elitism here, but it's hard for me to consider why I'd play just for the grind. Story's always one of the motivators for me to progress. Those people saying things like "Oh God another cutscene!" confuse the **** outta me. To each their own though...the one that really "grinds my gears" is the LS friend who skips the dialogue & cutscenes then immediately asks "What do I do???" = P
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#7 Nov 10 2010 at 8:24 AM Rating: Decent
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... wait, there's quests in this game?
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#8 Nov 10 2010 at 8:40 AM Rating: Excellent
Taemek wrote:
Are you a power gamer and skip all the reading or do you read the context of every quest and every NPC you come across?



See, my definition of a "power gamer" is the one who powers through a game and doesn't really need to rely on the help of others, most likely they would be the one getting there first and creating the guides/FAQ's others would read and use. Now if you wanna blast through dialogue that most likely gave hints as to what you are going to need to do then turn around and go "Waaaaaaah!!! What do I do???! This game is stupid!" then /ragequit, then you make a poor power gamer indeed. This applies to any game ever made not just FFXIV, also who the **** plays a RPG/MMO and doesn't want a decent story? I get the feeling those were the kids that groaned the loudest when a teacher assigned books to read in school.
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#9 Nov 10 2010 at 8:47 AM Rating: Good
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I read the dialogue in actual quests (storyline, class) but don't bother with leve text as it's as generic as in any other MMO out there.
Although, I kinda skimmed the R20 quest dialogues as I was getting tired of the 'you are the chosen, you are 'special' (among thousands of other 'special' players) >_>
#10 Nov 10 2010 at 8:51 AM Rating: Decent
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In WoW (the only other MMO I have played), I rarely read anything... the text dialogue I just found to be corny. I also never talked to anyone without a yellow exclamation point over their head. I also would skip cutscenes.

In FFXIV, by design, I'm talking to basically every NPC I encounter for the first time, and reading what they have to say. SE has said there is hidden information dispersed across the world. Because it's a Final Fantasy, I always watch cutscenes; they are inherent parts of the game and the experience.

All that said, I voted "yes" in this poll, because as of now, the Leve quests are very mundane and not relevant to the overall context of the game (it seems). Momodi wants some new clothes, or some imps are terrorizing the neighborhood - we get it....

If there were more diversity in the quest content, and it was impactful, I'd definitely read it...that's what Final Fantasy is all about. Some day, it will come.

If I crack and buy the new WoW, though, I doubt I'll read anything. Who cares why the dragons are tearing **** up?
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#11 Nov 10 2010 at 8:52 AM Rating: Good
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I'll be honest - I don't want to take this poll because I was actually expecting more voice acting. I guess I am spoiled by games like Oblivion, Fallout, and Fable where nearly everything is voice acted.

I guess I had higher expectations for XIV since they were so intent on using top of the line technology. I didn't expect that so much of the game would still rely on in-game text and the occasional cut scene.

#12 Nov 10 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Good
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Torrence wrote:
I'll be honest - I don't want to take this poll because I was actually expecting more voice acting. I guess I am spoiled by games like Oblivion, Fallout, and Fable where nearly everything is voice acted.

I guess I had higher expectations for XIV since they were so intent on using top of the line technology. I didn't expect that so much of the game would still rely on in-game text and the occasional cut scene.


I remember when I first started out in the Alpha test and was blown away by the intro scene coming in to Limsa. The graphics, the music, the way the characters were modeled and animated, the voice acting... I thought to myself "well, this is going to be a winner". Then I got into Limsa itself and was let down by the lack of this polish present throughout the rest of the time I was in game. The quest scenes were nice, but no better than XI's are (ignoring obvious engine improvements). I put this down to the nature of the Alpha.

Then time progressed and we entered Beta. Much to the same, the quality of the opening/intro scene was not brought through with the rest of the game. Again, I put it down to being a test. Later in the Beta the other two cities were made available. Again, quality intro scenes, and again not continued. My heart truely sank when, after a week of playing the released live game, I encountered none of that polish anywhere else in the game. SE had stated they were using voice acting, but to date the only source of said acting I have encountered has been in the opening scene and I have a suspicion that it is all there is.

This made my hark back to Age of Conan. I still feel that Tortage, the newbie area, is the most polished, slick, well presented starting area of any MMO made to date. You're in the story, you're part of it. The whole context of your character being where s/he is is brought to life by imaginative story telling through great voice acting and cut scenes. Then you exit, realise the rest of the game is just like any other MMO and can't help but feeling disappointed.
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#13 Nov 10 2010 at 9:30 AM Rating: Default
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Archfiend Luceo wrote:
Taemek wrote:
Are you a power gamer and skip all the reading or do you read the context of every quest and every NPC you come across?



See, my definition of a "power gamer" is the one who powers through a game and doesn't really need to rely on the help of others, most likely they would be the one getting there first and creating the guides/FAQ's others would read and use. Now if you wanna blast through dialogue that most likely gave hints as to what you are going to need to do then turn around and go "Waaaaaaah!!! What do I do???! This game is stupid!" then /ragequit, then you make a poor power gamer indeed. This applies to any game ever made not just FFXIV, also who the **** plays a RPG/MMO and doesn't want a decent story? I get the feeling those were the kids that groaned the loudest when a teacher assigned books to read in school.


My defition of this type of gamer would be, organized and well structured or maybe even experienced within the MMO industry.
#14 Nov 10 2010 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
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I answered yes but it's more like a somewhat....

I've taken to skipping the Leve-quest text but I definitely pay attention to the main story and guild quests. I too think voice acting would have been nice but I'm not that upset over it.

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#16 Nov 10 2010 at 1:45 PM Rating: Good
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Well for me normally I read what the npcs are saying so I understand what the quest is about and what I'm about to do. However with the leves just having the text on the guildleve card thing it just isn't the same so I disregard it. I liked how FFXI had so many quests and even the side ones, some had cutscenes and I could see and read what's happening. Again with the leves I just see it as words that have no point except kill these mobs and get the rewards.

I just like npc interaction for my quests since it makes the world seem believable. To beat my point to a death haha here's an example of what a quest I would enjoy would be like.

Example: (completely made this up haha)
Your walking through a town and talk to a farmer-looking npc. He explains that his small farm outside of town is under attack and needs you to kill the attacking...let's say wolves. You leave town and find the farm which sets off a short cutscene where maybe one of the farmer's relatives is killed and his son is already attacking the wolves that came to destroy the farm. You do the fight with the son and any party members and once that's done the farmer thanks you in dialogue and you get the reward.

Now some might say my example is close to the same idea of go kill the wolves then get the reward, and in retrospect it is. However, the small interactions with the farmer helped add reality to the situation. Also, a short cutscene about the farm being attacked, nothing needed to be completely epic, but at least something short that makes the situation seem real.

Right now leves seem to just send you off kill things then get your reward. I feel like I am doing them for no reason other then the gil and experience. Personally I like when stories are added to a quest so at least they feel different and not repeated.

Last thing I want to say about quests are right now the main quest in FFXIV I read all the dialogue and I feel they definitely did that quest right. I am always excited to get to the next one since it has a point and a story. As for the leves as of now, lacking the story element makes them less fun then they could have been.
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