People talk in ffxi? Cause yesterday, I tried ffxi for the first time ever (LS mate talked me into it), and nobody talk in Windhurst.
People talk all the time in XI. But, it's pretty much only in Port Jeuno. The starter cities are as dead as LL and Gridania are in XIV. Pretty much everything you could possibly need is in this one zone, so there's little reason to go anywhere else.
There aren't many new players joining XI anymore, so there's not many in the home cities, and just like we all pretty much move to Ul'Dah at 20, everyone basically moves to Jeuno at the same level.
I do miss seeing people talk in XIV(compared to XI). For those without a ls, not seeing any interactions with other players over a long period of time makes the game pretty **** lonely.
But a lot of people started the game with friends from XI, or WoW, or whatever, or started playing with real life friends etc. They came in to the game with a bunch of people to talk to, so, though many may have quit by now, they have no need to start talking to others. It sucks, but that's just how it is I guess.
A month ago or so, I joined my first behest with like, other people. This was my first actual party for anything since ever. I was kind of excited to finally getting to do stuff with other people after so long.
No one talked. 10 minutes of absolute silence and no responses at all. Was a bit sad really(Only one of them wasn't an english speaking player).
If a friend is talking to you, and at the same time a random person you've never met is talking to you, which are you likely to pay more attention to?
Besides all of that, most of the other reasons were already mentioned in the thread so far.
Chat system kinda sucks in general.
It's a bit of a pain to send tells to first and last names. Ctrl+R works of course, but not on that initial tell. I imagine most people would rather not bother with it at all compared to typing out Cataclysm Mhakaraca(I don't know the guy, it's just a really long complicated name to type).
People really aren't that social in MMO's. They find a group, just like in life, and kind of stick to it for as long as possible.
It's always been this way
For the first month or so after release, I noticed a lot of people just talking with everyone they met. It was nothing like it is now, so for Rabanstre at least, I can't say this is true.