----This is going to be a sort of long post. I would like to explain where I am coming from and and my thoughts on playing and leaving Final Fantasy 14. I am a 35 year old man with fiance, kids, house, truck and same full-time job for the last 18 years. So that you can put me into a box in terms of forum classifications I would be known as, what is called a "fanboi" (I am ok with that, FFXI and FFVII made me one) I can also see how I am now a "troll" (Not so okay with this, FFXIV has cornered me into this.) The purpose of this post is to try and find some direction for not only me but people that maybe like me. I would like to give some back story. I will try and be brief as I can but I have never been accused of being short winded. My original love of RPGs stems directly from a game called "Lunar: The Silver Star" on Sega CD. Years later Final Fantasy 7 grabs my attention on Playstation 2. There was other games before, between and after that I liked, however these hold the memories and hardware of the PS2 that lead me into that land of Final Fantasy 11. I suppose this also make me a "consoler" by nature. To be clear I'm a self-proclaimed "Console FFanboi" I'll explain what makes me a troll soon enough.
----The shortest way I can describe my playtime in FFXI is this: 634 days, 8 hours, 17 minutes, 22 seconds. From being killed by Leaping Lizzy to killing Absolute Virtue (credit VosDementis LS) I've done it all and there is no way i can or should put all that info in this forum. So I am going to fast forward through sub job quest, choco license, khazam keys, advanced job quests, CoP/ZM/nation missions, even past leveling 3 jobs to 75. Some where between LL and AV I met my girlfriend (now fiance). We met on Match, turns out we went to the same high school. She doesn't play FFXI. This creates a rift that some how she puts up with... Until she one day gives in and makes a character. This turns into a strong love for Dragoon and Monk and another reason for us to bond. She researches gear, looks up NM's that I/we have to hunt for her and so on. I end up powering her through a lot of the story and levels wanting her to catch up with me. This ends up leaving a feeling that we didn't play 'together' but that we played together. I can't think of a better way to word that, sorry. This part of the story ends with me playing a couple of well geared characters by myself for about a year. When we hear an announcement that we know can change all of this...
----In late 2009 we start hearing about a new mmorpg coming on PC and PS3 with the Final Fantasy title. We start planning right away with the thought of new adventures together. Early 2010 we buy two new PS3s she is checking gaming news sites and gaming forums weekly at first and daily soon enough. Until the exact release date is announced, but there is some bad news... "PC only for release" We start to scramble to craigslist the PS3s and begin to shop for PCs that can handle FFXIVs very high benchmark. Needless to say this was no easy or cheap task but we pulled it off. We were eagerly waiting the release day with our pre-paid pre-order collector's editions. Hopefully by now you get just how high our hopes were for this game and just how much we have invested in it being great. (2X $200 19" flat screen TVs + $299 4Gb PS3 + $349 8Gb PS3 + 2X $1100 PCs + 2X $75 CE FFXIVs = over $3,500 with tax) I can assure you we didn't invest that kind of money without investing emotionally into FFXIV. This is what makes me feel like I must be a fanboi.
----I'm going to fast forward here again. There is no point beating a dead horse, we all know the downfalls of the game, you can see them in virtually every other forum in here. The end result for us was that we couldn't play the game beyond our 4th week. We had finally come to a point where we could no longer force each other to log on and made the decision to delete our characters and quit. I asked her 2 biggest reasons for leaving and the answer was: gear damage feature and feeling forced to craft when she didn't want to craft at all. Mine would be: No way to buy and sell easily (No AH/Broker) and no reason to level / lack of carrot dangle (No quests and any gear at any level for any job if you will.) The bottom line is we just were not enjoying it. To further the problem for me was that taking a 4 week break from FFXI left me with no reason to return to that either. I had done what i wanted to there in my 5-6 years and had no interest in going back. We tossed ideas around until we found ourselves playing Aion and thoroughly enjoying it. We found out this will be short lived. You see, Aion is PC only which means full time mouse/keyboard controls which means it wasn't long before we are sick of leaning forward and being "on top" of the desk / PC all the times. Furthermore a big part of Aion is player verses player and the deeper you get into Aion the more predominantly the PvP. We are not big fans of PvP, just not our style. This ultimately leads me to start browsing forums on the future of FFXIV. Hence the troll title.
----I notice the post announcing the upcoming patches for November and December and early 2011. I feel excited at 1st. Then I am reminded how excited I was by SE at the mere announcement of the games existence from 2 years ago. I am reminded how great they already promised this game would be and it simply wasn't to me. Now I am hesitant at any and all promises by SE. Could anyone blame me? I seem to see a lot of 1 side of the fence or another here in the forums. I truly feel like I am on both sides. I would like to return but I still don't feel like these are the fixes that I personally needed... I don't know I'm confused. Just to be clear am I wrong in thinking there is still not going to be an AH, still gear at any level, no quests to pull me into the game under level 20 and this odd gear damage every time you do anything? I am mostly posting this looking for guidance from real people that love and play these games. Not from the people that get a paycheck from me playing this game. What I am getting as is when should I and people like me return to FFXIV?
Edited, Nov 13th 2010 4:52pm by Meleeasura
Edited, Nov 13th 2010 4:54pm by Meleeasura