If you're looking through the other threads, you must be aware by now that the servers are shut down because of the natural disaster over in Japan.
I played the open beta enthusiastically, pre-ordered the Collector's Edition, and played the ever loving s**t out of the game for the first month or two it was out. As you know, there was a lot missing, and a lot of it didn't even come close to working right. It was frustrating, but I was generally OK with it. After a while I lost interest and just stopped playing, checking updates on Lodestone, and logging on to FFXIV periodically to update the game and see how it was going with LS mates.
A few days ago I decided to give it a real shot again, and I must say I was very pleased. A lot of the technical issues seem to have been resolved. The game seemed way more intuitive. My passion for the Final Fantasy MMO had been reborn. Without getting into specifics, I can tell you that for me, it was worth the wait, and this game is slowly beginning to realize its potential.
Some aspects, such as the UI, and crafting are still a bit "clunky" as my girlfriend put it, and there is not much yet by way of content outside guild leves, behests, story, and some side quests. That stuff will come in time.
The term "Fanboy" is completely juvenile to me, but lets face it: you kind of have to be a Final Fantasy fan, and a MMO player to really appreciate this game and its potential. At its very core, the game is what it is. I think that if you cannot at least enjoy that, then will probably never enjoy FFXIV.
I started this character at the CE launch, and played for about 2 months. Haven't touched it since.