All games strive to IMPROVE it. FFXIV isn't striving to improve it. They are rebuilding it from the ground up because the initial system was so flawed an awful. You make it sound as if the system in place right now is just fine, and that it's the players faults that they don't like it or something. Sorry, that's just not the case.
The system is fine, in the hands of say 1% of the initial game population. There's something wrong there, It's been acknowledged and changes are on the way. I am thankful that Yoshi-P and the Dev team are making those changes. I make it sound like its fine, because there's a lot of posts above making it sound like nothing has changed. Like new NMs, SP/EXP overhaul, side-quests, UI/menu improvements never happened at all.
Let me ask you something. In the 10 months the game has been, have they made the game into something you would consider good and worth paying for? If you can answer yes to that, then good for you. However, the VAST majority of people can't answer yes to that, because aside from the few things they changed, a large portion of the changes have not come yet and the game has virtually ZERO content. You can be thankful of Yoshi and the team if you want I guess, I'm personally going to wait until they actually pull off something more impressive than increasing mob size, adding a handful of NMs, and improving (but still not fixing) the UI. And did you honestly just mention the sidequests? The sidequests that are somehow MORE drab and boring than WoW's, and offer such pitiful rewards that I have to wonder why the even bothered.
No. They aren't. If many players were enjoying themselves, the game wouldn't be going through changes to EVERY SYSTEM right now. The servers wouldn't be ghost towns. The message boards wouldn't be ghost towns. The game wouldn't be F2P. Your logic just doesn't make any sense.
I specifically used many
would be an outright lie. There are in fact many
players, not "1 or 8" (as posted above), enjoying the game as much as i am if not more.
IDK about your server, but Cornelia is hopping during JP hours and some of EU hours and Uldah is always bustling with players in transit. Ghost town would be the wrong way to put it. Just not favorable for "NA" players that refuse to socialize and connect with other NA players on their server.
From a previous thread we got an idea that servers are currently somwhere at 1.5K active players (sp changes on a weekly basis) and although this no great number it too isn't as dead as some might want us to think.
Yes. That's 1000-1500 active players over the course of a WEEK. That means that at any given time, you're peak numbers are probably roughly half that or less. Having 600-1000 players actively playing at peak times is hopping? At NON-peak times, most FFXI servers have about 1700-2000 players online. The game is 10 years old and far exceeds the numbers of XIV. We must just have VERY different definitions of many, because to me many implies a large or considerable number, more, or most of. If there were a large or considerable number playing and enjoying it, the game wouldn't be F2P.
I wouldn't know about message boards being ghost towns, some 100+ views per new thread everyday. with topics constantly sinking away. A ghost town message board would be somewhere where topics would be marked with "last response 3 days ago." like the SEGA message boards for PSO and U.
Take a look at the job forums here, or the server forums. Active forums wouldn't have threads on the first page from when the game launched 10 months ago.
And really, zam has some of the MOST active forums for FFXIV outside of the official forums(active of course being a relative term in this context).
Just because its F2P doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. For a F2P game FFXIV looks pretty **** good.
Apparently we also have different definitions of what "pretty **** good" means also. I'm not going to bother making a list of F2P games that absolutely blow away FFXIV in terms of content, gameplay, etc... but I've played 4 of them myself. It's not that I hate FFXIV, because I don't. It's just that I know it's NOT in a good state right now. I hope it gets there, but it certainly isn't "pretty **** good" right now.
My logic makes plenty of sense when you are actively looking for ways to enjoy yourself, whether its solo or party play. Party play being THAT much more fun. Whether your whole linkshell is trying to mpk you because a jest of a bounty was put on your head or constantly growing your character with the company of friends, despite how painful grinding can be, its just that much better.
Edited, Jun 28th 2011 10:05am by Pyroromancer
I actively looked for ways to enjoy myself for 6 months. I had a linkshell that I ran, and I did pretty much everything the game had to offer. Then, I realized that there was literally nothing else to do, and grinding levels or crafting WAS NOT FUN. Sure, playing with friends is great, but when they all quit the game because it's in such a pitiful state, that's not fun anymore. I'm glad you have a good group of people to play with and that you are having a grande old time. I truly am. But you make it sound as if the game is in great shape and everything is all hunky dory, and it isn't. Not at all. Edited, Jun 28th 2011 10:38am by BartelX