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#1 Jan 26 2011 at 3:56 PM Rating: Default
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I know the PS3 release has been postponed to April, but I have been wondering, are the character names global or can I choose a name that has already been chosen on a different server? If not, its not fair for us PS folk, all good names have been snatched by the time we get there. I am not planning to take any particular famous character name, I hate those people who do, but the names I came up with are not so hard to think of, so for the last three months I've been "tic tac tic tac the names are slipping from my graps like the desert sand"... And I seriously hope there will be a PS3 only server. Any of you know anything about any of this?

Sorry if I posted into the wrong place or something.
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Names are server based.
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april? hahahha no way man. it was delayed without a date. If all the updates go well you will not see the ps3 game till hoilday season 2011. If the updates suck and every leaves you are looking at even a longer delay.

There is no way SE would release this game on PS3 and then give those users free months as well cause the game still sucks. they aready lost to much money. i say they will start charging when people are happy and SE is happy then release the ps3 game.

Sorry rant i no but OT:
If a name is taken in server you can not use it. Just one of the benefits of being an early adopter i guess.

Edited, Jan 26th 2011 5:04pm by dnored
#4 Jan 26 2011 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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JussiMania wrote:
I know the PS3 release has been postponed to April, but I have been wondering, are the character names global or can I choose a name that has already been chosen on a different server? If not, its not fair for us PS folk, all good names have been snatched by the time we get there. I am not planning to take any particular famous character name, I hate those people who do, but the names I came up with are not so hard to think of, so for the last three months I've been "tic tac tic tac the names are slipping from my graps like the desert sand"... And I seriously hope there will be a PS3 only server. Any of you know anything about any of this?

Sorry if I posted into the wrong place or something.


Did SE say April?
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#5 Jan 26 2011 at 4:13 PM Rating: Default
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Well they said it was not going to come out on March... so I assumed April. :(
I can't wait till fall! I have nothing else to play and... :(

But thanks for the info on the names, good to know I don't have to worry.

And man, you guys are quick to answer, thanks.
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No they said postponed until they turn the game around, to me that says postponed indefinitely.

actually, reserving my char name is one of the reasons I got the CE :)

Edited, Jan 26th 2011 5:16pm by Jefro420
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#7 Jan 26 2011 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
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It seems fair to say that Square Enix would have liked Final Fantasy XIV's launch to go a tad more smoothly. The MMO, which debuted on the PC in September, met with poor reviews and annoyed players worldwide, eventually leading to producer Hiromichi Tanaka's ouster in December. Most of the core development team has since been reshuffled, and the PlayStation 3 port -- originally announced for early 2011 -- has now been put on indefinite delay.

"The decision [to make the team changes] was officially made in late November, although we had been talking along those lines with what are now the core members of the new team," new producer/director Naoki Yoshida told Famitsu in an interview published this week. "I was in a position of responsibility within the FFXIV directorial team, and the state of the game is something that's been concerning me for a long time, so it's not as if this came out of the blue. Ever since we launched last September, we've received a great deal of requests and complaints from players. That certainly played a role in the reshuffling, but there's also the fact that if we're going to call this a Final Fantasy game, then the entire company needs to pitch in and raise the standard of quality."

Yoshida's name likely isn't too familiar to overseas gamers -- outside of his involvement with FFXIV, his main credit in Square Enix is the Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road line of Japan-exclusive arcade trading card games. Since officially taking over as leader of the MMO in December, Yoshida's been actively linking with the userbase via questionnaires and discussions posted on the official website.

How much change does he want out of the game? "My policy is that I'll never do a total wipe of the game," he told Famitsu. "Players have a lot of memories wrapped up in their characters; wiping that out would be unthinkable. It's possible that we'll make adjustments that dramatically redefine skill ranks and player levels, but if so, we would allow players to reroll their parameters."

One possibility that came up in the player questionnaire was implementing an auction house -- a popular feature in Final Fantasy XI that was omitted from the new game. "Up until now, we were too preoccupied with making FFXIV as different from FFXI as we could," Yoshida commented. "However, players plainly need an easy-to-use gameplay system that encourages a healthy in-game economy. If an auction house is that system, then I say we should implement it. Making everything new and original isn't necessarily the right thing all the time."

But what's going to be changed first? "The user interface," Yoshida said. "We can work on other things all we want, but if we don't fix the controls at the same time, then players will be too frustrated to fully appreciate the other improvements. Also, changes to the battle system. Right now, Eorzea is a little too peaceful, isn't it? I'd like to see more chances for players to work together and take down stronger enemies -- more of that Final Fantasy style of play."

How good a leader Yoshida proves to be will be shown in how FFXIV improves and expands in the coming year. In the meantime, though, PS3 owners probably shouldn't be holding their breath for the console port. "I don't think we'll give a firm release date for it until we improve the game's quality," the producer said. We want it up to the point where current players are saying to us 'This is fun!' before we do give one. I promise that we will give PS3 owners a game that's truly worthy of the Final Fantasy name."


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#8 Jan 27 2011 at 10:19 AM Rating: Default
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Thanks for the link. I can't be mad at the guy. He's trying. But how slowly are they working? I wish I could help in some way. Like go there and test it.

Edited, Jan 27th 2011 11:19am by JussiMania
#9 Jan 27 2011 at 10:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Hopefully they get it out in like second quater of this year.
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#10 Jan 27 2011 at 11:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Considering the amount of improvements that the Dev team is shooting for do not look for the PS3 version before the 3rd quarter. $th quarter if probably a safer bet.
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#11 Jan 28 2011 at 2:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeaaaahhh I'm not expecting the ps3 release for a while. I tried the benchmark on my pc during winter vacation and it was a no go..... I mean my pc is 5 years old so it was kind of a lost hope to begin with. But I've heard so many mixed reviews from everyone so I can wait. Us ps3 players are kinda getting screwed but hey pc players can validly say at least we'll have a finished game and we can validly say at least you got like a year (possibly more) of free time after spending however much to update your computers. I'm honestly half tempted to res my FFXI char out from the virtual graveyard. Then again I do have a life.... and MMOs are highly effective at stealing said life...
#12 Jan 28 2011 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Amazon.com is taking preorders.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until the end of December - December 31st, 2020, that is.

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#13 Jan 28 2011 at 3:12 PM Rating: Default
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I would not expect the PS3 version to create new servers, and it will use the existing servers like 11 did. This means that you will have to compete against the names that are already taken. Fortunately there are Last Names in FFXIV, and they are part of the character creation process unlike EQ2 or Lotro, as in you send tells to players as /tell firstname lastname <message>. So, if somebody took your name, change your last name to something else.

The reason I believe we won't get new servers, is that all the current servers have extremely low populations, and the PS3 will replenish those servers back to (God-willing) launch day numbers and beyond.

I'd like very much to see 4000+ active players online (although if it starts turning to WoW #s and seeing 12000+ online we may have some server login queues :( ) because more players = more subscribers = more revenue = higher priority for FFXIV to get updates and have SE focus its attention on it. MMOs with low pops go the way of Vanguard and Tabula Rasa, while high pop MMOs become staples of the industry (Granted its a chicken-egg kind of thing, high pop = more content, but more content = high pop)
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#14 Jan 28 2011 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Us PC players getting a head start and ******** over PS3 players is one way to look at it. But the other side of the coin is that us PC players will have the worlds all set up for you when you get here. You'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you - things we had to level up our crafts and make ourselves. As a pugilist, the first weapon I could buy from an NPC after r1, was r19, and noone wanted to part with their prized weapon for cheep. Try to think of it as PC players setting up a PL for PS3 players . . . well, if you can. I'd be frustrated too without a pc.
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#15 Jan 28 2011 at 5:45 PM Rating: Default
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WolfOak wrote:
Us PC players getting a head start and ******** over PS3 players is one way to look at it. But the other side of the coin is that us PC players will have the worlds all set up for you when you get here. You'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you - things we had to level up our crafts and make ourselves. As a pugilist, the first weapon I could buy from an NPC after r1, was r19, and noone wanted to part with their prized weapon for cheep. Try to think of it as PC players setting up a PL for PS3 players . . . well, if you can. I'd be frustrated too without a pc.


Yeah well that's the thing. I don't want to have it all set up for me. I don't want to be protected by the strong, I want to be one of them. This way it is impossible, I will forever be a noob compared to the PC players who got a year headstart. And I don't understand players who'd rather buy than craft, it want to feel like I really made it myself and deserve it, you know hard work and all that. That's why the "you'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you" part is a negative. Even if its useful I'd still rather be the guy selling the stuff than one byuing them.

That is the whole point of this. To try and become better than everybody else. To outlevel and outskill. That is the biggest and one of the only problems I have with this game.

And in response to the guy who said there are first and last names, yeah I knew that and that was exactly what I meant.
The ones I was planning to take, well the first one is safe since its my name, and nobody has anything close to that. But the second, third and fourth characters have first names known to every FF fan and last names made of a common noun or adjective. And one of them is a celebrity. So I don't think any of them will be available when I get there.

Sorry, this got long, always happens when I write late at night. Thanks for all the responses so far.
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You may not have seen how horrible FFXIV crafting is, you can't just level up blacksmith and think your going to make a weapon.

You first have to level up leather and goldsmith and possibly alchemy to make the cross-class ingredients to make your weapon.

All crafts depend on other classes in this game which contributes to empty marketwards and overpriced items at the start of the game.

Why would you rather buy a Bronze Haubergeon for 80k because theres only 1-2 crafters who can make it, instead of buy it for 10k because everyone can make it?

Prices were insane for the first month, and still are for some items.


Edited, Jan 28th 2011 7:07pm by Eadieni
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#17 Jan 28 2011 at 6:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Most of the changes are going to be in the UI, server and scripting. The PS3 port will mostly need graphics engine/low-level programming, which is pretty much completely different from writing scripts and interface code. Since they haven't made any engine improvements in the PC version since beta2, I'd imagine the "engine team" could have already moved on to the port -- that is unless they were all fired. It wouldn't surprise me, since that's apparently what happened to FF11's engine programmer.
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JussiMania wrote:
WolfOak wrote:
Us PC players getting a head start and ******** over PS3 players is one way to look at it. But the other side of the coin is that us PC players will have the worlds all set up for you when you get here. You'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you - things we had to level up our crafts and make ourselves. As a pugilist, the first weapon I could buy from an NPC after r1, was r19, and noone wanted to part with their prized weapon for cheep. Try to think of it as PC players setting up a PL for PS3 players . . . well, if you can. I'd be frustrated too without a pc.


Yeah well that's the thing. I don't want to have it all set up for me. I don't want to be protected by the strong, I want to be one of them. This way it is impossible, I will forever be a noob compared to the PC players who got a year headstart. And I don't understand players who'd rather buy than craft, it want to feel like I really made it myself and deserve it, you know hard work and all that. That's why the "you'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you" part is a negative. Even if its useful I'd still rather be the guy selling the stuff than one byuing them.

That is the whole point of this. To try and become better than everybody else. To outlevel and outskill. That is the biggest and one of the only problems I have with this game.

And in response to the guy who said there are first and last names, yeah I knew that and that was exactly what I meant.
The ones I was planning to take, well the first one is safe since its my name, and nobody has anything close to that. But the second, third and fourth characters have first names known to every FF fan and last names made of a common noun or adjective. And one of them is a celebrity. So I don't think any of them will be available when I get there.

Sorry, this got long, always happens when I write late at night. Thanks for all the responses so far.


Just a suggestion:

Since the game is free currently, if you know anyone who has the PC version and you can get your hands on a buddy key, you could create an account on your friend's computer, create your character, and then know that your character's name is now yours.

The account should still be valid for use on PS3 when PS3 comes out, and even if it's not for some unfathomable reason, you could delete the character and remake a new one with the same name on your new account.
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#19 Jan 28 2011 at 8:01 PM Rating: Decent
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JussiMania wrote:
Thanks for the link. I can't be mad at the guy. He's trying. But how slowly are they working? I wish I could help in some way. Like go there and test it.

Edited, Jan 27th 2011 11:19am by JussiMania



you probadly have no idea how long it can take to code system and get it to work, either way, after 1 or 2 months after change the team and blablabla work, a new patch is annonce with the important basic as ward search, pt exp and more item/stack , crafting and etc.

So imo, it wont stay in free period long, should be a 2-3 months max after the new patch apply and it can go live with p2p, so could be around juni or may or maybe before that. As long the basic is stable the game can go p2p and content can add 1 month after server goes live, ppl wont get to end game lvl within that 1 month anyway

Edited, Jan 28th 2011 9:03pm by Shneibel
#20 Jan 29 2011 at 7:37 AM Rating: Default
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Eadieni wrote:
You may not have seen how horrible FFXIV crafting is, you can't just level up blacksmith and think your going to make a weapon.

You first have to level up leather and goldsmith and possibly alchemy to make the cross-class ingredients to make your weapon.

All crafts depend on other classes in this game which contributes to empty marketwards and overpriced items at the start of the game.

Why would you rather buy a Bronze Haubergeon for 80k because theres only 1-2 crafters who can make it, instead of buy it for 10k because everyone can make it?

Prices were insane for the first month, and still are for some items.

Edited, Jan 28th 2011 7:07pm by Eadieni


I knew that, I know EVERYTHING about the game. As you guys may have noticed, I really really really can't wait to get the game, so obviously I have tried to find out about it as much as possible. I have watched every conceivable gameplay video (except for spoilers) and read every single page of text here on ZAM. I know what the game is like and I love it.
The less players I have on a server with me the better. I don't like team playing, makes me feel like I didn't do whatever we're doing myself.

I don't know anyone that has the PC version... I do ask people at school:

Me: "Do you have the PC version of FFXIV?"
Them: "The-whatwhat for the whatwhat?"

I have only met a single FF-playing person in my life.
Thanks for the advice though.
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I know EVERYTHING about the game.


No one knows everything about something unless they've experienced it first hand. Which you haven't done yet.
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Im not sure how they will go about it when they are eventually ready with the PS3 release, but I would imagine it will be the same as FFXI on the 360. Youll perhaps have your own PS3 Beta to play, where you can be on equal footing to everyone else...for a while. Then your server will get merged with the PC players and you will get a big wake up call like us 360 beta players did lol.

I understand what you mean though because myself and a few friend started on the 360 beta, we didnt have a clue to be honest even though we thought we understood things. Then when the servers merged we found we were completely useless at everything and had to learn fast lol. On the plus side though, hopefully the PS3 release won't be as late coming as the 360 was.

I dont think you can be up to date completley though, I stopped playing games as much as I used to and originally built my PC for FFXIV. Real life things happened and I have changed my outlook, I don't put as much time into games any more FFXIV being one of them. Thats one thing I do like about this game, I can come on for an hour or a so once in a while and accomplish things. I am competley out of sync with everyone elses ranks and levels, though and look like a tramp surrounded by rich folk. I think my highest level is Fishing R14, and I have about 88k to my name since the launch but who cares!

On the other hand though if your that desperate to play the game, why not get a PC and play it that way. I dont think you need quite a high spec monster as many of us built in preparation but you can always play with a 360 controller on a TV like I do. I hardly even bother with my PS3 anymore and just play PC games this way when I feel the urge!
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#23 Jan 29 2011 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd love to play it on PC. Unfortunately upgrading requires both skill and money. I have neither. Plus I don't feel comfortable playing on the PC, but even if I did there would still be the above mentioned noob syndrome.
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Well I guess theres nothing to avoid that, then. Even if the PS3 version was coming out as originally planned, you would still be behind.
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Not if there is a separate server. Then it would be fair for everybody.
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There is no need for a seperate server or any of that jazz. PS2 and US PC users got FFXI over a year after the JPs had it and it didn't stop any of them from catching up. It's kinda hard to really be "behind" in a game that has no end and pretty much endless content and things to level/do.

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There is no need for a seperate server or any of that jazz. PS2 and US PC users got FFXI over a year after the JPs had it and it didn't stop any of them from catching up. It's kinda hard to really be "behind" in a game that has no end and pretty much endless content and things to level/do.


I agree. They won't make seperate servers for the PS3 users, seen as im guessing they want everyone to play with each other across different platforms.

Like I said before even if the PS3 had not been delayed you would of been expecting to be somewhat behind from the PC users anyway, seen as it was released first.
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JussiMania wrote:
WolfOak wrote:
Us PC players getting a head start and ******** over PS3 players is one way to look at it. But the other side of the coin is that us PC players will have the worlds all set up for you when you get here. You'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you - things we had to level up our crafts and make ourselves. As a pugilist, the first weapon I could buy from an NPC after r1, was r19, and noone wanted to part with their prized weapon for cheep. Try to think of it as PC players setting up a PL for PS3 players . . . well, if you can. I'd be frustrated too without a pc.


Yeah well that's the thing. I don't want to have it all set up for me. I don't want to be protected by the strong, I want to be one of them. This way it is impossible, I will forever be a noob compared to the PC players who got a year headstart. And I don't understand players who'd rather buy than craft, it want to feel like I really made it myself and deserve it, you know hard work and all that. That's why the "you'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you" part is a negative. Even if its useful I'd still rather be the guy selling the stuff than one byuing them.

I'll be totally honest here. I'm in the same boat and have similar concerns about name choice and what not, but I have at least 3 names thought up. And I totally understand the whole wanting the fresh start and being one of the strong and all that. I wanted that too. So did my bf. But that isn't possible and looking at XI you can be very sure (ohh idk say 98%, point is you'd be surprised if this didn't go down as >>) they won't make separate servers. Maybe a beta server, but that'll be taken down upon release, just like the XI release for 360.

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That is the whole point of this. To try and become better than everybody else. To outlevel and outskill. That is the biggest and one of the only problems I have with this game.

As for the above quote, that's the beautiful thing about Final Fantasy versus other MMOs like WoW. SE knows they're catering to a FF fan base. One of the main complaints was lack of content. Not that I'm a WoW hater or anything, but even people that played WoW that talk to me said it's pretty much all raiding and not much else. What I'm getting at is in XI and even shown with the leve quests and other quest lines in Dev patch notes, there's plenty of questing and **** to do other than be the best and outskill. It's not ALL about competition, There's other things to do than have an e-peen contest. You don't have to be the best to have fun with it. I was ****** a while back over the delay and have drifted off the forum... but now my head is cooled off and to be honest, wouldn't you rather be the best in your field IRL rather than in an MMO? So we're at a disadvantage level and experience wise, look at is as a bigger challenge to prove yourself. Why waste time being annoyed because something doesn't go the way you want it to? That's life in the end. Now just be aware I'm not tryna be offensive this isn't a flame attack or anything, I wish they just released it already too. But this is just the normal BS of life. Nothing new.

I also apologize for the long post, I'm procrastinating on assignment..... Again. Guess I don't stress about being #1 in anything heh.
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JussiMania wrote:
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Us PC players getting a head start and ******** over PS3 players is one way to look at it. But the other side of the coin is that us PC players will have the worlds all set up for you when you get here. You'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you - things we had to level up our crafts and make ourselves. As a pugilist, the first weapon I could buy from an NPC after r1, was r19, and noone wanted to part with their prized weapon for cheep. Try to think of it as PC players setting up a PL for PS3 players . . . well, if you can. I'd be frustrated too without a pc.


Yeah well that's the thing. I don't want to have it all set up for me. I don't want to be protected by the strong, I want to be one of them. This way it is impossible, I will forever be a noob compared to the PC players who got a year headstart. And I don't understand players who'd rather buy than craft, it want to feel like I really made it myself and deserve it, you know hard work and all that. That's why the "you'll have lots of weapons, shield and body armor ready and waiting for you" part is a negative. Even if its useful I'd still rather be the guy selling the stuff than one byuing them.

That is the whole point of this. To try and become better than everybody else. To outlevel and outskill. That is the biggest and one of the only problems I have with this game.

And in response to the guy who said there are first and last names, yeah I knew that and that was exactly what I meant.
The ones I was planning to take, well the first one is safe since its my name, and nobody has anything close to that. But the second, third and fourth characters have first names known to every FF fan and last names made of a common noun or adjective. And one of them is a celebrity. So I don't think any of them will be available when I get there.

Sorry, this got long, always happens when I write late at night. Thanks for all the responses so far.



This was one of the contributing factors to me going out and buying a pc that was capable of running the game. I've been waiting for FFXIV for years, and have played FFXI and Wow years after their launch and had to play the catch up game. It is very nice to start the game and be on equal lvl with those who have, but with that being said, it didn't take away from my experience in the others as I reached level cap rather quickly and caught up to the current expansions. Once the game is released and has been out in the open for a bit, there are easier ways to level, advice to those on what to do and what not to do, etc. At this current stage it is still pretty much a free-for-all in alot of aspects. People don't know what effect days, weather, etc. have on crafting, partying sp still needs to be honed, jobs/enmity refined, and once it does, the 6 months it took for the launchers to cap will take 3 months for the "noobs".
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