Mikhalia I have to ask but, you post on these forums, specifically the FFXIV ones, more than like anyone else, but your sig says your highest job is rank 15. It seems like you spend more time talking about the game than playing the game since it takes like 5 hours to get to R20 :P
Do you have other characters or are the forums really more fun than the game ? :D
(Not meaning to troll or that it's a bad thing your as active as you are, just thought it was funny that you've got like 10,000 posts and reply to nearly every thread here but have a highest level of 15 :P)
Most of my posts are from work.
As for when I'm home, yes, I'm usually playing other games besides FFXIV while I wait and watch the improvements to FFXIV.
I've tried logging on and leveling up (I used to be Rank 10) but I just get so bored of the game and want to log off within an hour. It's like pulling teeth to force myself to play longer than 30 minutes.
As I've said, I -want- to like the game. I want to -want- to play the game. It frustrates me to no end that when I even -try- to log on, I'm not even excited about playing or enthusiastic about playing at all. I look back on my years of FFXI where I woke up and WANTED to play, where I got home from work and WANTED to play. Where I'd play for 10, 15, 20+ hours at a time and never want to log off.
With FFXIV, it's the opposite. I had a genuine desire to WANT to log on when I started playing back in Beta 3. As early as open beta, I was only logging on because I felt like I -had- to. I still eagerly awaited the release, installed the game, and logged in like a kid on Christmas.
A week later, after spending an hour (yes, 60 full minutes, I looked at the clock) in the market wards looking for a new HTH weapon for my then level 10 Pugilist, and walking away not only with no weapon, but without having located any weapon for any class at any level at any price. It was at this point that I went from feeling like a kid on Christmas, to feeling like a kid on Christmas that just found out that Santa isn't real and you're not getting any presents this year.
The patch notes from time to time are getting me excited that FFXIV will eventually instill in me the happiness I once had from it, the happiness I had from FFXI, or from WoW, or from DDO, or from RO...
But as for the time being, I just can't even force myself to log on anymore. Currently, the prospect of reactivating my FFXI character and doing the quests for the job specific emotes sounds 100 times more exciting than anything in XIV.
I realize that this post is a huge downer. I get that there are people who are happy with the game, and I'm not trying to log on to a game I don't like and complain about it and ruin their good time. I'm just chilling and waiting for the game to get better, in the hopes that I will eventually WANT to log on again.
I eagerly await that day, but until that day comes, I'm trying to find other ways to have fun. Currently playing a replay of FF7. Then 9, then 12.
Again, sorry for the downer post; but that's just how I feel. The only thing that I like less than FFXIV is the fact that no matter how much I TRY to like FFXIV, I can't bring myself to. And that really ****** me off, because I wanted to love this game like I loved XI and I just can't. Edited, Jan 28th 2011 7:53pm by Mikhalia