This game will fail for one major reason:
The forum community.
The forum community is far too engrossed in putting everything down that they don't understand, don't like, or simply because others already doing it. People that like a system on these forums are promptly defaulted by the players who troll the forums. Anyone who stands up is Karma camped until their voice is drown by the angry people who have been hurt by the game. This leaves very little room for the supporters of the game to put a voice in edgewise.
The new player.
The new player joins the game, not knowing what to expect in FFXIV. So, they seek out information on where to start. The player rolls along to the forum and all they can see is opinions of why things suck. Why the SP system is "broken" why stat point allocation is "broken" and all of their half cocked answers on fixing the systems. None of which were put into the appropriate feedback forum. There are almost no posts on the front page of questions and helpful answers, there are no useful guides without posts on why someone thinks something is broken, and there are no people that want to help anymore because they know it will just become a disagreement thread.
People need to start sending their feedback to SE, it is located here:
People need to stop Karma camping people with a positive opinion of things.
Forum admins need to start looking at these things and warning players that are out of line. Some threads on here have become ridiculous.
And lastly, if you don't like the game, stop playing. Take a break, and stop ruining it for the people that DO enjoy it.
If you want to see the game get fixed, start submitting your suggestions to SE directly instead of making things look like a ******** to the new players who visit the forums.
That's my rant, I understand already that it will become sub-defaulted immediately again proving my point. But this is what needs to happen for the game to succeed. They can fix the game all they want, but as long as the forums continue to be a cesspool of foul opinions and broken answers, this game will fail.
Edited, Jan 7th 2011 11:20pm by Osarion Lock Thread: Flamefest