This. This x1000. I hate the new Final Fantasy XI. Hate it with a passion, but I don't go on their boards and repeatedly say in every thread that I dislike re-hashed x system or new y level cap. I just don't post anything, am respectful to the thread, and I see anything of interest, I will return to that game.
The difference with FFXIV is that SE admitted they screwed up and they want to make it up to their players. They are going to relaunch the whole **** thing next year and they're looking for feedback. So, why is it so surprising that people are offering it?
You should be more worried if no one
shows up and offers criticism because they have "respectfully" given up all hope on this game. It probably means they'll never be back. And this game needs more customers to survive. So stop chasing people away with a stick if they're unhappy with something. A hostile, unwelcoming community is the last thing FFXIV needs. We all know the game needs improvement. It doesn't serve anyone's interest to pretend that it doesn't.
That's not what I was getting at.
There's a difference between people who played at launch, didn't like the game, and are sitting by waiting for the game to improve and offering changes along the way (people who I actually rate up and offer input), and people who have long given up on the game and have nothing better to do than post away their hatred over a product they bought two years ago. There's a clear difference between these posters, and they're generally the ones who detract from a totally un-related thread to make it known to us posters that they hate the game. Those are the people I'm tired of seeing post.
The game is not perfect by any means (or people wouldn't have left in droves), and I wholeheartedly agreed from the start that there needs to be nothing short of an complete overhaul for this game to survive. I am in no way saying it doesn't, and I'm not chasing those people away with a stick.
You say a hostile, unwelcoming community is the last thing that FFXIV needs, but yet I occasionally see posts here that the community stinks because of the hostility between the two sides. If you defend S-E, you're seen as a white knight and told to go to the official forums, etc. If you hate S-E, you're seen as a troll. I just wish there would be some middle-ground here.
Sorry... went off topic.
As for what I would like to see improved in the game. Linkshell management tools. As a linkshell leader of a fairly large linkshell, I have the occasional person who quits the game, and doesn't drop their pearl. Because of this, I'm afraid to recruit openly because of the 128 cap and the inability to remove people who no longer play from the linkshell list.
Also, Paladin can use maybe 500 or so HP. Because of Warrior's godly tanking ability given to them this patch, Paladin got pushed to the side, and it's unfortunate because it's traditionally been my favorite job in other Final Fantasy games. Edited, Mar 23rd 2012 1:14am by UltKnightGrover Edited, Mar 23rd 2012 1:15am by UltKnightGrover