Ok Mr. Economist, it doesn't matter how they market 2.0 because people like you will still be here to try it out when it is released. **** you think 1.0 is crap and they're marketing 2.0 wrong and you're playing the "most awesome" MMO that's out right now, yet you're still hanging out on these boards. IMO that proves that at least no matter how bad a product is as long as you have brand recognition and a chance to correct what you did wrong people are going to come back to your product.
Taking the actions of a single person and using that as "proof" of the actions of any significant amount of people is insane. If you don't think so, imagine how foolish I'd sound if I said "I know this guy who played FF14 and he quit, and hasn't looked at anything FF14 related since. IMO this proves that if consumers don't like a product they won't give that product another look."
Some of Azury's actions/opinions apply to other people as well like Olorinus, LillithaFenimore, and tpgsoldier for example. Some of them may not think SWTOR is the "most awesome" MMO ever or marketing for 2.0 sucks, but given the fact they constantly come on this board to post something shows that they're interested in the product or willing to give the product another try even though they think 1.0 "sucks". EDIT: Also look below to see who's online, look at how many Anonymous Guests we have. Sure some may be bots, but there is interest in this game even if most of those people don't post.
Dealing with your statement, it depends on why that person hasn't looked at anything FF14 related since they quit. Is it because of some external factor, like working all the time or studying, or maybe they can't pay for the internet for awhile? If it's not those things, then the other possible conclusion is that they're not that interested. Could they become interested again? Yes, they could, but that would require them seeing some article online or reading some other people's opinions on the game. So using that statement itself is foolish, but I don't think it's really comparable to interest. When most people look up a topic or talk about a topic, it's because they're either interested in it, want to learn more about it, or they're researching about it. Those three things require effort on part of the person looking at the topic, so in other words some form of interest.
I know these are very blanket statements and interest doesn't always mean sells, but in the case of FFXIV 2.0 I think most people that are interested are going to come back and give it a try.
Edited, Jan 20th 2012 4:52am by MutamixBubblypots