I was honestly sure someone was going to rant about how they haven't showed anything and the team has been doing nothing, glad they haven't.
It explains a lot on why we haven't gotten a lot of information lately. Glad Yoshi is now taking measures to watch his health. As much as I love his enthusiasm, he works much too hard to improve the game if he's frequently going to the hospital. Hopefully he cuts back a little bit and have his assistant directors take over. It's no joke that game development positions are very demanding, but he still needs time off every once in a while.
Edited, Jan 23rd 2012 10:18am by UltKnightGrover
You didn't read the official forums topic, have you? People are literally slicing their wrists because it was more of a personal letter.
It's kind of valid in my opinion. People are paying now and the Lodestone was specifically set up for SE to communicate things about FFXIV, the game, to the public. With issues like payment methods and server mergers still up in the air, I think paying customers might want to see things like that on Lodestone instead of reading about the personal lives of the developers. There is other social media that could be used for conveying personal information about the FFXIV developers (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc).
I do feel sympathetic because of Yoshi's health issues, but I think that Lodestone wasn't the best place to write about it. I feel that the letter should have addressed or at least acknowledged some of the issues their paying customers have, even if tacked on at the end (e.g. We are aware that people can't yet pay and want to - we are close to having other payment methods). Also, this is the first Letter from the Producer since subs started - it may have been a good idea to 'wow' people with it. Additionally, if you're eagerly awaiting information on server merges to fix your population woes and you read the new letter and it talks about nothing related to the game itself you may end up disappointed. Letters from the Producer have always
talked about game progress, updates, concepts, etc. Players should be able to expect that from them.
I could compare it to buying an iPhone from Apple that has major issues. Let's say Apple put out a public statement on their official website 2-3 weeks after you bought the buggy phone and you're looking for at least an ETA on the fix. Then you read the statement and it's purely about the iPhone developers' holiday events and how sick they were and doesn't mention the issues then you may end up angry. In my opinion, it's really no different.
All that aside, I hope Yoshi is better and starts taking care of himself. No game is more important than his health. :)