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#1 Aug 03 2011 at 4:11 AM Rating: Good
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Hello everyone!

This is going to be a long post, so you can skip to the TLDR section if you feel like it, but I find the story interesting.

I was a Sophomore in high school, pretty average I would say. I had crushes, which let me down. I played football, but our team sucked. I played video games for as long as I can remember. My parents owned a restaurant, and by no means were we rich, but every once in a while I would get the itch for a new game. I would work a few extra hours washing dishes, or busing tables, or doing whatever, and save up for that new 50 dollar gamecube game. (yes, I'm a nintendo junkie)

Well about midway through the school year, my best friend had been missing a lot of days, only coming in for about 2 days a week. He looked mighty sick as well. He was pale, emotionless, and was struggling to keep up. I asked him if he would like a hand with his classes. He begrudgingly accepted and after school that next day he missed I brought over my notes and homework, planning to get a long day of studying in.

As I approached the staircase to his upstairs bedroom, I saw all the lights were off, so I just figured he was sleeping. As i continued up however, I noticed a strange glow emanating from his behind his bedroom door. Probably just left the TV on after a movie I thought to myself. I burst the door open, with every intent to wake him, and what I saw disturbed me. A chill ran down my spine when I saw the horror before my eyes.

He was seated on a lazy-boy recliner, hunched over a milk crate, smashing keys on what must have been the worlds smallest keyboard. He has a Playstation 2 remote resting on the armrest of his chair. What looked to have been a lifetime supply of mountain dew and hot fried were piled around him, and upon further inspection, most of them were empty. His bed however, looked as if it hadn't been touched in weeks, and used as more of a shelf then a place to rest.

He barely noticed me walking in. He attempted to speak, but what might have sounded like a sentence in his mind, only came out as a sort of babbling. After a fee more seconds, I finally got asked the question that has been brewing in my mind this whole time.

"What the **** are you playing?" I said, almost afraid of the response.
The first understandable words he muttered were, "Final Fantasy, Online"

Ahhh, it all made sense to me now, he had said he was looking forward to this game. He sure did enjoy his final fantasy's but at what cost? he looked like a ghost.

After a few more minutes of prodding, he finally told his "static" that he needed to take a "bio" break. We got to talking about the game, which is when I saw the first bit of emotion out of him. The inevitable question from him was "so ... wanna play?"

How could I? I asked myself. After seeing what it has done to him, what sane individual what put themselves through that kind of torture. He looked at me, with an expression similar to an aspiring chef asking you to taste his latest, gut wrenching, creation. I looked him straight in the eyes, took a deep breath, and said the only reasonable thing given the situation layed out before me.

"HELLS YEAH I WANNA PLAY!"

After about 3 weeks or scrubbing dishes, and pulling together every last penny I could come across, I bought a Playstation 2, and the game. I never looked back.

That was the first FF title I had ever played, and I felt compelled to try them all. Although its not the same start other people had, I'm sure, but I now have played almost every single FF title, and love the series!

TLDR: long story, FFXI was my first FF game, played them all, love them

Thank you every who read it! let me know what you think :)
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#2 Aug 03 2011 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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no one likes my story? :(
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#3 Aug 03 2011 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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no one likes my story? :(
It wasn't bad. It's early in the morning for most of us, and since it was ffxi oriented, it might have done better in =10. It wasn't bad, but timing/placement could have been better if you wanted more of a response.
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#4 Aug 03 2011 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Umm, I'm not sure what to say. Your friend ruined or attempted to ruin his life by playing FFXI and that's how you learned about the game. I feel like your friend was the protagonist here, not you, but we don't find out what happened to him.
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Omena wrote:
Umm, I'm not sure what to say. Your friend ruined or attempted to ruin his life by playing FFXI and that's how you learned about the game. I feel like your friend was the protagonist here, not you, but we don't find out what happened to him.


Epilogue:

That was five years ago; I'm a different man now. Although I'm still a Final Fantasy fan, I'll never let a game drain my life in the same way again. FFXI will be my One; my Only. Those were muddled days, I greeted the setting and the rising of the sun with equal indifference and, in truth, they were equally indistinguishable. I would type only, and spoke to nobody.

Without the extra help, my parents' restaurant began to face financial trouble. Foreclosure on the building came before I managed to attain Rank 5 (Windurst). It was only after the place was completely cleared out that I came to realize that the restaurant was the only thing keeping my parents together. The fights were bad and soon escalated to domestic violence - but I had fights of my own: BCNMs and Dynamis bosses. When Dad would hit her, when Mom would cry, I wouldn't listen; I'd just turn up the volume on FFXI and let my faded eyes sprawl across the swaying fields of Sarutabaruta. Everything has to end some time.

Yes, everything has to end some time. My friend didn't understand this fact, of course, and over the years we grew apart. The very game that brought us closer together cleaved a rift between us as we began to compete for drops. We had both dropped out of high school by now. It was 2009. My friend committed suicide by pee-bottle; the police think it may have been unintentional, that he lost the capacity to distinguish between objects in reality, but I don't know. I don't know anything anymore.

Everything has to end some time. Maybe my time is now. I see FFXI in its twilight years and my own pallid face reflected in the screen. Dad no longer calls from prison. I'll see you soon, my friend, my friend from high school... I'll help clean the restaurant, Mom, and things can be the way they used to be... yes: the way they used to be...
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#6 Aug 03 2011 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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Omena wrote:
Umm, I'm not sure what to say. Your friend ruined or attempted to ruin his life by playing FFXI and that's how you learned about the game. I feel like your friend was the protagonist here, not you, but we don't find out what happened to him.

This is about the way I felt about responding to your 'story'. I was going to give you a {/clap} for a fairly well written piece of forum literature, but thought about it and felt torn that it included a "MMO's almost ruined my life" kinda thing.
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#7 Aug 04 2011 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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...so what did happen to the friend? XD

...was I close? o_o
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"Thus opium is pleasing... on account of the agreeable delirium it produces." (Burke para.6)

"I could only read so much for this paper and the syphilis poem had to go."
#8 Aug 04 2011 at 11:13 AM Rating: Good
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casola wrote:
I played football, but our team sucked.

I don't care how well your team did. I have nothing but respect for girls who play football.
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whenever ppl make these posts i envision the author who sits in the bookstore with no one around him but the occasional person that picks up the book then puts it back down while pretending to care even the slightest bit of a mere sense of pity.

Edited, Aug 4th 2011 1:33pm by TempLoop
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#10 Aug 05 2011 at 1:46 PM Rating: Good
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lol, i wasn't in a bookstore, i was actually at work :-p. It was all really in jest. I did play football and our team did suck, but as far as my friend looking ghastly, it was a rather large exaggeration. We played ffxi together and we currently play ffxiv together currently. I never really write and i wanted to experiment a little. i guess it was a little off topic seeing as though this is the ffxiv site. I appreciate the Epilogue though!

Edit: as far as where he is now, he is in a serious relationship and we hang out all the time! He's actually going to be the best man in my wedding in October :).

Edited, Aug 5th 2011 3:51pm by casola
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#11 Aug 05 2011 at 2:32 PM Rating: Good
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I thought it was entertaining and very detailed i felt like i was there too haha..
I even laughed at the "HELLS YEAH I WANNA PLAY!" remark i thought it was going in a different direction.
Good story and thats great that you guys are still friends
#12 Aug 05 2011 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I also laughed, you had me in the beginning but made me laugh with "HELLS YEA"

I liked it!

#13 Aug 05 2011 at 3:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Definitely a good story, got a few chuckles out of me and brought to mind my own disgusting ffxi obsession. Kudos!
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