Aurelius, your point about the rollercoaster is kind of moot because people still play FFXI. If they didn't pull the plug on that then FFXIV players won't ever have to worry. FFXI had terrible reviews when it made its debut too. Adam Sessler gave it a bashing on X-play, IGN rated it below average, etc. Having played it personally I kept wondering why FFXI developers hated me, the player in the game, so much. Yet people still play it and swear by it like it's the best MMO that was and ever will be (usually over-exaggerating its better qualities or claiming its shortfalls were actually good things).
I think the rollercoaster reference was referring to people who get super awesome excited about every little thing in FFXI, even the tiniest little update was widely received by FFXI players as the second (or third or fourth or fifth) coming of Christ, and that in 2-3 months, these same people were back to being just as jaded and downtrodden as before, if not moreso.
There is, in fact, a group of players who accept what the game is at face value and enjoy it (in XI and in XIV) but he's right that there are players (also in both games) who tended to get super excited about every single patch, and super lethargic less than a month later.
The following quote, while probably not intended this way, illustrates my point:
some proverb wrote:
"The most wonderful meal I've ever eaten was a worm I found beneath that stone." said the starving man
Loses something in translation (and the fact I can't remember how it went doesn't help much either). People are jonesing for their FF fix and anything can get them high.
FFXI and FFXIV are both like drugs in the respect that if you're responsible and enjoy them on a reasonable level, they can keep you happy for many years. But if you go crazy and snort a pound of coke as soon as you see it, you're going to end up ultra euphoric, followed by a severe crash when you realize that snorting a pound of coke seemed like a much better idea before you did it.
It's the same with the updates in XI, and will be the same in XIV. If you take them for what they are, you will be fine. If you take them for WAY WAY MORE than what they are, you're going to set your hopes way too high and they will become dashed.
I saw the same thing for years in XI, and it was the same exact people every **** time who would ***** about the game day in and day out, and the day before patch day they wouldn't shut the **** up about how the next patch was going to make the game magically better and everything. And then a few days later, they're back to their usual mopey self.
The same could be said for FFXIV as for life itself: If you enjoy yourself for what you have, you'll be happy. If you constantly expect too much, nothing will ever live up to your expectations.