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#1 Mar 07 2011 at 11:58 AM Rating: Decent
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I will be getting a new computer soon, and with it plan on buying FFXIV. However, I am also moving to Japan in 4 months and want to make sure there would be no complications! So, tech savy people, could you give me an answer please?

Thank you!
#2 Mar 07 2011 at 12:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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Hold off on buying FFXIV till you move and get the Japanese version. The NA or EU version of FFXIV may not work if you use a billing address in Japan.
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#3 Mar 07 2011 at 12:08 PM Rating: Good
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AtarashiGamer wrote:
I will be getting a new computer soon, and with it plan on buying FFXIV. However, I am also moving to Japan in 4 months and want to make sure there would be no complications! So, tech savy people, could you give me an answer please?

Thank you!


Well, I'm not as tech savvy as I wish I could be, but you may want to make sure you can find a power cord that can both attach to your computer/monitor/whatever else comes with it that can plug in to electrical outlets over there.

Case in point, here's a helpful, albeit years old, link:

http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+10569

From the sounds of it, your biggest issue it going to be concerning voltage. Outside of that, I couldn't really say. Nonetheless, good luck!
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#4 Mar 07 2011 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
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My billing address will stay in the United States, so hopefully that gets rid of any regional issues!

Also, thanks for mentioning the power cord Satisuin, I completely forgot. I'll make sure to get a computer that's easily compatible.. I know Fujitsu works in Japan without any adapters.

Thanks!
#5 Mar 07 2011 at 12:29 PM Rating: Good
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Assuming you're using a desktop, there's a red switch on the back of the power supply on the rear of the computer. One half of the switch says 110 and the other says 220. I'm not sure if Japan uses 110V or 220V but if they use the latter, make sure that AFTER you get the computer over there but BEFORE you plug it in, you snap that over, or it won't work.

Don't do it before you leave, or that won't work either :)

EDIT: And definitely don't do it if they use 110.

Edited, Mar 7th 2011 1:30pm by Mikhalia
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#6 Mar 07 2011 at 12:32 PM Rating: Decent
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AtarashiGamer wrote:
I will be getting a new computer soon, and with it plan on buying FFXIV. However, I am also moving to Japan in 4 months and want to make sure there would be no complications! So, tech savy people, could you give me an answer please?

Thank you!


I live in argentina and I play with the NA version with no problems.

I did the same with XI since release.

You'll just need to buy expansions that are the same region as your original game.
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#7 Mar 07 2011 at 2:23 PM Rating: Good
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Just need to buy a new power cable when you get there mate.

I lived there for 5 years, played euro version of ffxi all that time, perfectly.

Net speeds are **** fast out there so you'll be loving it.

My advice, wait and buy a a pc when you get out there, go to best denki or somewhere similar. Much better quality. Just take a English lang OS with you.

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KuroGawatwo wrote:
Just need to buy a new power cable when you get there mate.

I lived there for 5 years, played euro version of ffxi all that time, perfectly.

Net speeds are **** fast out there so you'll be loving it.

My advice, wait and buy a a pc when you get out there, go to best denki or somewhere similar. Much better quality. Just take a English lang OS with you.



And don't forget to take an English keyboard with you. You might have quite a bit of trouble using a Japanese keyboard with an English OS. :)
#9 Mar 07 2011 at 7:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the help everyone, I'm glad that it will all work out. Who knows what my character will be named, but hope to see you all in "Eorzea"a month from now!
#10 Mar 07 2011 at 8:13 PM Rating: Good
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And don't forget to take an English keyboard with you. You might have quite a bit of trouble using a Japanese keyboard with an English OS. :)

Not really since the only difference would be a couple extra keys on the Japanese keyboard that link to the IME software on your computer and allow you to switch between the different input methods (romaji, katakana, hiragana, half-width katakana, half-width hiragana, ...). You can perfectly input Japanese using a standard US keyboard and perfectly input English using a Japanese keyboard. It's all in the software.
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#11 Mar 07 2011 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
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That brings up another question... can you type in Japanese and English with FFXIV??
#12 Mar 07 2011 at 8:24 PM Rating: Good
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You don't have worry about the voltage, Japan uses the same as USA, as Mikhalia recommend don't buy your game copy until you are here, other wise you won't be able to purchase crysta with your Japanese credit card.

On the other hand if you are going to keep your American cards I urge you to purchase the game there, otherwise you will have the same problem but the other way around.

If you purchase a Japanese copy of the game, you would have to install the windows support for Asian languages (there is an excellent guide for XP here) and consider buying a Japanese 106 key keyboard if you don't want to deal with a different layout.

Other than that, the game can be played in any of the four supported languages no matter which version you purchase, although you will need to get a Japanese SE account and the online interface be in Japanese as well (you can simple get a screen shot tutorial in English since the process is exactly the same)

I also recommend you avoid bringing any wireless devices, Japanese internet wireless frequency uses the same channel as some devices made in America.

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#13 Mar 07 2011 at 8:40 PM Rating: Decent
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So glad the game supports multiple languages. Just now realizing that while I'm abroad I will be playing with almost all Japanese people... I've read they are the larger player base, so maybe that will be a blessing in disguise! I definitely don't know kanji that are relative to fictional worlds though haha.
#14 Mar 08 2011 at 7:29 AM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Assuming you're using a desktop, there's a red switch on the back of the power supply on the rear of the computer. One half of the switch says 110 and the other says 220. I'm not sure if Japan uses 110V or 220V but if they use the latter, make sure that AFTER you get the computer over there but BEFORE you plug it in, you snap that over, or it won't work.


Oh, it will work alright, for about 1/2 a second, then you'll hear a huge BANG as the power supply explodes, not in a bad way, just the insides stop working. Yep, I once wondered what that red switch did so flipped it to 110, was quite loud that bang.
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#15 Mar 08 2011 at 10:35 AM Rating: Decent
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If you don't speak japanese you might be better off with the american version.
Video games will use a lot of words your not familiar with, the less-common words that people don't say in public very often.

On the other hand it's probably good for learning it.
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#16 Mar 08 2011 at 11:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Eadieni wrote:
If you don't speak japanese you might be better off with the american version.
Video games will use a lot of words your not familiar with, the less-common words that people don't say in public very often.

On the other hand it's probably good for learning it.

Since FFXII (I didn't play FFXI, so maybe that's when the trend started), Final Fantasy games have used words in English that I couldn't pronounce or define.

It's a great improvement over the pre-FFVIII days, when you were lucky if sentences were grammatically correct, and something I loved about the FFXIV beta. I have to suspect, though, that this is due to a team of talented translators; for some reason I think the original Japanese text isn't as colorful, if not just because English has innumerable antiquated and now defunct "borrowed" words that fit well in fantasy settings.
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