I started to look into FFXIV sometime early last year when i was browsing the web looking for the next games i'd like to get. When I first saw that they were releasing this FF so close to 13 i was stoked. Ever since then i've been looking forward to this game and to be honest the game has far surpassed my expectations.
This is the first MMO that i've ever played. I've seen my roomates play quite a few others especially WoW and just never took an interest. The thought of having a community online made no sense to me. I've been playing games since the NES and can't say i've ever wanted to share the experience. I thought to myself though that maybe it would be worth giving it a try. When i finally upgraded my computer and received the preordered CE i was so excited to get home and play. Only to find out that i was going to spend the next 15 hours downloading updates. But hey, that stuff happens and i wasn't going to freak out yet. When i started the game i was blown away by the character customization and opening scene. The graphics were truly amazing and i immediately felt immersed in the world.
After all the nice new car smell started to where off two hours later i was starting to get frustrated though. not understanding the point of running around aimlessly killing rats and moles for hours. buying starter tools only to be so bored with crafting and mining i wanted to quit immediately. But i kept playing through the BS thinking to myself all games get more entertaining the higher your level. So i buckled down for the long hall and was leveling my character as a Pugilist. by the end of the first month before the announcement of the free trial i had almost given up on the game as a whole. i had almost completely quit unless there wasn't anything to do otherwise and wasn't tired enough to fall asleap yet.
I've always read forums though and considered myself based on what everyone else was saying, more than happy with the game comparatively speaking. Me and my roomate had decided though that we were going to quit playing before they started charging us money to be bored. That day i read that they were extending the free trial and start preparing some amazing updates. Needless to say that this restored some of the excitement i had fealt in the begining. I fealt as though SE was really going to turn things around.
Reality set in though. not much was going to be happening soon and i needed something to keep me going in the game.
I had only played the game solo up to this point and decided it was time i started talking to other people in game. I mean that is the whole point of playing an mmo when you get down to it. so i did. and the first person i met is now one of my best friends in the game. it didn't stop their either. in a matter of two weeks i gained more than thirty friends. i joined two linkshells. i started to join parties nearly every night. i was leveling at a pace that seemed near impossible when i started. which meant i was doing storyline quests that kept me interested. now i'm competing with a lot of my buddies online to see who can max rank first.
When i look back on my first month give or take a week I realize i didn't know what this game was about and why it would be enjoyable. It's the community of people that you surround yourself with in the game. I like to think that i make the game fun for those around me and i know they make it fun for me. This mmo is brand new and i had no idea what to expect and although i still find the game to be a little boring from time to time. i recognize that as i grow in the game the game is going to grow as well. Now i know i don't understand all the aspects that make an mmo great but i do know that as an mmo newb this game has a great base for new mmo players to start on. veteran gamers i feel have come to expect too much from the very begining just as i have with console RPG's.
A large portion of this games community has no clue how to form their own oppinion and often times just jump on the bandwaggon with all the people out there endlessly complaining. I just wanted to let everyone know that of all the people i have talked to who have quit playing the majority of them have quit because around every corner they turn there is someone spouting BS about how terrible the game is and the million some odd reasons there is that it is terrible. I often times walk into a camp and see conversations going on about how angry someone is about this part of the game or that.
This game would be a lot more enjoyable if people who didn't have something good to say would just STFU and let everyone else enjoy it
Just the opinion of a Newb but i feel a valid point nonetheless albeit poorly expressed and written.
Thanx for suffering through this wall of Text