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#1 Sep 27 2011 at 8:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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* http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/09/24/the-mog-log-a-year-that-wasnt/

I know, I know, this is yet another link to an FFXIV related quote/review/article from another site, but unlike the others links posted on here, this one looks at the state of the game in a positive light, hmm-imagine that. Worth a read in my opinion. * Don't read the article if you have an unnatural hatred toward the game, otherwise it'll just make you more angry.

A quote from part of the article (you can read it through the link but I'm gonna quote this here).

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Why did the game launch when it did? I couldn't tell you that without knowing a lot more about the internal politics at Square-Enix. Certainly I'd bet that there was pressure to aim the launch at a dead zone when there was nothing coming out, and 2010 was a pretty darn quiet year for launches as a whole. But more than anything else, I think it launched because Hiromichi Tanaka, a man whom I greatly respect for the work he's done on the series over the years, stood up and confirmed that yes, it was ready for launch.

Was it? That's a debate that can go back and forth for ages, and has. It's so far past the point of being relevant that even bringing it up is annoying. (The short answer is that it doesn't matter because it did launch and we're here now. The long answer is the same as the short answer but with more cursing.) What we can all agree upon, however, was that the game in its launch state basically didn't adhere to any MMO conventions that were previously in place, and I have little doubt that as long as Tanaka was at the helm, some things would remain perpetually off the priority list.
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What caused the direction on the game to shift -- including most of those impediment to be discarded -- was the fact that the game was released. As long as Tanaka was in charge, these elements weren't going to be changed, and until the game went live to negative critical reception, he was going to remain in charge. So there were really no two ways around it.

The net result is where we are now. The game hasn't been charging players, it's been getting changed in major ways, and next week is the target launch for a patch that should see another big change to the way the game functions. Getting from place to place is much more viable, and while I'm sad to see physical levels go (it was neat that leveling other classes made a real difference across all classes), there are definitely advantages to the new way of doing things.
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One of the comment on the site that I felt needed to be quoted here, hopefully people will keep this mind.
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[The author isn't] saying that's the way it should have been and definitely not that it was some master plan. He's saying it turned out for the best, in this particular case, after all. This was mostly due to the fact that Tanaka was so pig-headed stubborn.

It's a silver lining, not spin.


#2 Sep 27 2011 at 8:46 PM Rating: Default
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Eliot has been, is and will continue to be an unrepentant SE apologist. In his first impressions of FFXIV, he actually said he was in a state of bliss about how amazing the game was.

Yeah, bliss.

After that, I realized just about everything out of his mouth was bull.
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#3 Sep 27 2011 at 9:55 PM Rating: Excellent
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I went to look for the article you mentioned and couldn't find any mentioning of "bliss" in it, but then again even if he had said it, so what? Just because you don't agree with his opinion of the game doesn't mean everything that he write is bull. Everything written on the site are opinions (definition: a personal view, attitude, or appraisal) of the writers and you don't have to agree with any of them.

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Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, including our writers.


Edited, Sep 27th 2011 11:56pm by dodokins
#4 Sep 27 2011 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
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dodokins wrote:
I went to look for the article you mentioned and couldn't find any mentioning of "bliss" in it, but then again even if he had said it, so what? Just because you don't agree with his opinion of the game doesn't mean everything that he write is bull. Everything written on the site are opinions (definition: a personal view, attitude, or appraisal) of the writers and you don't have to agree with any of them.

Massively.com wrote:
Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, including our writers.


Edited, Sep 27th 2011 11:56pm by dodokins


I was a bit off. Here's what I'm talking about:

Adoration. Pure, unadulterated adoration. I was awestruck at the game I was playing, and every subsequent moment of play only reinforced that initial rush. For every choice that was a misstep, there were another half-dozen decisions that were just plain brilliant.

I really cannot possibly fathom how anyone could feel that way about the release version of FFXIV, "opinion" or no.
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