Olorinus the Vile wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Your sig is extremely abrasive and is not directed at WoW derails, but any discussion of WoW whatsoever, with "Take your WoW discussions elsewhere, nobody here cares."
I agree that you have a point if your point is against -any- derails but your OP and thread title and your sig mention WoW and only WoW and nothing else but WoW. If you claim that isn't what you meant, surely you can understand how people could see it that way?
Maybe some of us don't care about WoW and would actually be happy to never see another mention of it in these forums - derail or not. I personally am sick of it. Yes, I am sure some people think the features are great w/e - but why does every game have to do the same **** thing? I don't care what WoW has. I care about what FFXIV has.
I agree that FFXIV needs to not just carbon copy everything from WoW, package it, and slap a bow on it and call it done. Many other games have tried that. I would like FFXIV to be different than WoW because if I wanted to play WoW, I would play it instead.
However, it's naive to just ignore everything about every other game on the market and do things completely differently just for the sake of being different.
Yes, I care about what FFXIV has and I want to see FFXIV improve. Part of that improvement process should involve seeing what other games (no, not JUST WoW) are doing successfully and critically asking "Is this something that FFXIV could implement and do well, and would our players be happy with it?" Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes the answer is no.
Consider that technology as a whole... cell phones, computers, MP3 players... wouldn't be where it is today if companies didn't look at their competitor and ask two simple questions:
1) What are they doing that makes them so successful?
2) How can I do it better?
You need to be able to objectively compare yourself to your competition and ask what you can learn from them. If you're good enough at it, eventually YOU'LL be the competitor. In an ideal world for some, this could lead to other games saying "What is it about FFXIV that makes it so successful? What features does FFXIV have that we can implement into our game to make it as successful as FFXIV?"
A successful model is frequently a model to be critiqued. Don't just copy it outright, but take account of the concepts it uses and ask yourself how you can implement them EVEN BETTER.