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#1 Jan 13 2011 at 5:18 PM Rating: Good
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Even though I am an avid Final Fantasy fan, I have not purchased FFXIV largely due in part to overwhelmingly negative reviews. However, since then, I have been reading these forums to get a general feel of the community - which I note is quite divided with each side passionately defending their view.

As I have no pony in this race, I would like to think that I can be neutral in this discussion and while I am not qualified to express any opinion on the game itself, I thought to briefly point out the value of Japanese resources. While there appears to be limited information on the direction and future plans of FFXIV in English, for those who have any Japanese language ability, I believe that people will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of information that is available in Japanese - particularly Japanese language gaming sites (4Gamer.net, Famitsu, etc). I suspect that like many Japanese people, the staff and management of Square Enix are more inclined to give statements, interviews, etc in their own native language and also comforted that most Japanese interviews tend to be less "hostile" than their Western counterparts.

In a short time of reviewing Japanese websites, I was able to get a better impression of what is planned for the game for both the short term and long term future - significantly more than I had browing English sites.

To avoid any claims that I am spreading misinformation, I will refrain from setting forth the details of such interviews and public statements. Instead, I am sure that there must be other Japanese language speakers on this forum, and I will encourage that such people provide translations and/or updates to the ZAM community in general. While I suspect that this will not really do anything to ease the hostility between some of the forum users, at least this will remove a lot of the speculation on where the game is headed.

Lastly, to manage expectations, please note that I am not stating that all of answers may be found on these Japanese websites and forums. However, I can honestly say that there is far more information (both official and non-official) available in Japanese than English.
#2 Jan 13 2011 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
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In terms of interviews and stuff, those are posted on ZAM, at least here in the forum, all of the time and translations are given by some helpful posters when they come out on JP sites.

#3 Jan 13 2011 at 5:31 PM Rating: Good
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Could you provide links to these sites in question, specifically the interviews you're talking about, so that someone who can translate might be willing to?
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#4 Jan 13 2011 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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I apologize as since I am new to ZAM, I was unaware that ZAM was already engaging in these translations (I think it is great that ZAM is doing that). Truthfully, reading some of these posts, it just appeared like there was a lot of misinformation or speculation on issues which representatives of Square Enix had already made definitive statements and I had just assumed that no one was checking the Japanese webpages and forums.

Please feel free to delete this thread.

#5 Jan 13 2011 at 5:42 PM Rating: Good
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Huh? I was just asking for links to these interviews you say you have read, so that we can get someone to translate them for us and read them ourselves.
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#6 Jan 13 2011 at 5:44 PM Rating: Good
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I think I scared him/her off.

#7 Jan 13 2011 at 5:55 PM Rating: Default
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/spank!
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#8 Jan 13 2011 at 6:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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Sigh.. I would like to have known what they were talking about after the "I've read all these cool interviews in Japanese; you guys need to find someone who speaks Japanese and have them try and find what I read".
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#9 Jan 13 2011 at 6:12 PM Rating: Decent
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LyleVertigo wrote:
/spank!

Again with the sexual enuendos!!!(sp)

But seriously I would like to know of the sites he is mentioning as well...
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#10 Jan 13 2011 at 7:56 PM Rating: Decent
This is why JP's don't pt with us on FFXI =P
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#11 Jan 13 2011 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
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IKickYoDog wrote:
This is why JP's don't pt with us on FFXI =P


They are just as ignorant and stupid as the rest of the world.
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#12 Jan 13 2011 at 11:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Maybe he was just a very skilled troll F'ing with our heads >.>
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#13 Jan 14 2011 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
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They are just as ignorant and stupid as the rest of the world.


They'd just rather not announce it to the rest of the world.
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LyleVertigo wrote:
IKickYoDog wrote:
This is why JP's don't pt with us on FFXI =P


They are just as ignorant and stupid as the rest of the world.


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