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#52 Mar 19 2013 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm pretty happy with the small numbers on the damage and HP that I see in these shots. I've always thought it was stupid when MMOs have characters with 129,864 HP... it feels like it's done merely to make people say "woo!" when a big number shows up on their screen. For readability and balance, you may as well just drop the final couple digits in every case, since they're never doing anything significant. Smiley: nod


The arbitrarily large numbers tend to be because of power creep. This was/is one of WoW's bigger development issues. Their plan didn't involve side-upgrades or anything like that so every time new content came out they had to increase the numbers on it. But they had to increase them enough to make it seem like it was worth it to pretty much go through the same stuff over and over again every patch/expansion. I'm sure it's part of the reason they had to standardize mob stats and jobs. I really hope FFXIV doesn't go this route.


One of the many reasons I think sidegrades are generally superior to upgrades. You upgrade when you want to make significant alterations to the gameplay experience. The delicate balance of the endgame is generally best left where it is until it starts to break down or the fundamental gameplay experience becomes boring.

For that matter, most of the level spectrum is kind of superfluous, too. There's no real inherent difference between having 50 levels or 10 levels or 10000 levels. The only difference is usually how often you're rewarded with a minor upgrade. While the 50-100 range is standard and generally works pretty well, games could easily work with fewer (there's no real advantage to using larger numbers other than the aforementioned "big numbers syndrome"). In most MMOs that are on the market, you could easily reduce all of the leveling to 5-10 levels. Then, rather than a pretty insignificant bonus during most levels, you get a huge bonus at each level... a slew of new abilities and gear, and a really noticeable statistical advantage. Each level becomes that much more meaningful. And it's infinitely easier to balance a game with units of 10 levels than with units that range from 50-100, which inevitably leads to the larger numbers that KaneKitty is referring to.

This also produces a better "fun curve." It takes longer between each level, but just as players start to grow bored with all of their new toys and goodies, they become closer to the next batch.

And then of course, if you do want to add more upgrades, like a level 11 and 12, it's much easier to avoid those balance issues and power creep.

Little numbers are definitely where it's at. And they make designing so much easier.
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Why are the screenshots always so tiny
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Poubelle wrote:
Why are the screenshots always so tiny


Does it matter?
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#55 Mar 19 2013 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
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Poubelle wrote:
Why are the screenshots always so tiny


Would rather them be a little bit smaller so I can click on it to enlarge it if I want. This way a single post doesn't take up as much room.
Why i even responded I have no clue. Maybe it was the 8"+ of snow I have to go deal with now.
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Poubelle wrote:
Why are the screenshots always so tiny


Because they size them down for blog formatting. I agree though, I wish they would have links to larger sizes.
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Teravibe wrote:
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Why are the screenshots always so tiny


Does it matter?


since I want to see them clearly, yes, it does matter. I have no use for thumbnails
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SillyHawk wrote:
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Why are the screenshots always so tiny


Would rather them be a little bit smaller so I can click on it to enlarge it if I want. This way a single post doesn't take up as much room.
Why i even responded I have no clue. Maybe it was the 8"+ of snow I have to go deal with now.


thats what I was saying too. I know they need to small, but I can't click them to see the full resolution, which makes it kinda pointless since I can't see crap
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I would say concurrent about 2,500 - 6,000 due to it's being beta, but not all 10,000 people are online at the same time. EVE have a concurrent of 35,000 and it's loads of difference to having 35,000 players. I don't think even WoW ever had more than 1,000,000 concurrent players on all servers across the world (or around that mark).
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Do you think he's quoting invites sent or people actually logging in?

I think it may be 100k all right, but I doubt it's 100k at the same time.


If the servers can survive 100K people logging in all at the same time, maybe they will avoid the EA SimCity disaster of the last few weeks.
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WoW used to have percentage bonuses for critical strikes and to-hit chance (among others). This was changed from 1.0 to 2.0 to a scaling method called 'Rating'. So anytime you see a stat in a MMO that has a 'rating', it means it's a stat that devalues as your level increases. Which is an unfortunate strategy, because it means as you level, you actually become weaker assuming your core gear remains the same.
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100k testers in the 4th week of beta testing isn't nearly the same as the first week or two as well. Several people have just popped in to look at it and decide if they want to buy it or not (which is not a good idea because phase 3 is really where it's at). With the announcement that there's another week of phase 1, followed by minimalistic changes of phase 2, means you're going to see a lot of tester burnout. People might not want to level a character for the short test period available for phase 2. Which is why they're talking about increasing tester count. Also by forcing character wipes and putting 10-20k people on a server, they force massive starting area congestion which puts tremendous stress on the servers (in addition to making the game unplayable), but this allows them to test their ability to hotfix problems related to server ability without impacting the release game.
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The arbitrarily large numbers tend to be because of power creep. This was/is one of WoW's bigger development issues. Their plan didn't involve side-upgrades or anything like that so every time new content came out they had to increase the numbers on it.
The issue with sidegrades is that you need a design model to make the sidegrades worth it (which doesn't really work in an MMO without gear swaps; in FFXI the sidegrades were pretty much "inventory +1" for the most part).

The real issue I think was just how drastically the devs wanted to level the playing field when TBC hit. In retrospect they did go overboard by having lv61 greens have better stats than gear from AQ and Naxx.

This is not to deny the power creep, because it is/was imminent. It just would have prolongued it for later.
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I'm sure it's part of the reason they had to standardize mob stats and jobs.
Mob stats and abilities was more to standardize tank design to not repeat what happened in black temple, where you had to be a warrior or a paladin to tank Illidan (because he had an ability that required the tank to have a shield block mechanic, which druid tanks did not have). That's not mentioning crap like bosses being entirely immune to certain classes and specs (Curator in Karazhan was immune to almost all Moonkin spells, for example).

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Sidegrades don't have to mean gearswaps, though they do generally have to involve the swapping of something, since you're making your character more flexible rather than more powerful. If the only source of statistical bonuses in your game is gear, then yeah, that leaves gearswapping. But you can put statistical bonuses in any number of things. Materia would be an easy example. FF8 also did a lot of this (though rather poorly imo).
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Woah, I come back here to see that there quite a few fans of arbitrarily large numbers, lol.
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Really? It didn't seem that way to me. At least, I didn't get to argue with anyone about it. :c
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#67 Mar 20 2013 at 7:42 PM Rating: Good
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At least, I didn't get to argue with anyone about it. :c


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Sidegrades don't have to mean gearswaps, though they do generally have to involve the swapping of something, since you're making your character more flexible rather than more powerful. If the only source of statistical bonuses in your game is gear, then yeah, that leaves gearswapping. But you can put statistical bonuses in any number of things. Materia would be an easy example. FF8 also did a lot of this (though rather poorly imo).


*chug Crown Royal*

Sidegrades not only mean gearswaps, but complete overhaul swaps! If this game wants to be successful, then I need to be able to carry 3 sets of gear at a time (acc, eva, and att) along with enough materia options to have 2+ versions of each gearset. I'm also going to need pure asthetic gear, so I can hit 3 macros to get my evasion set on, but then another 3 macros to make my Star Onion Brigade outfit on while I run away. I mean, how else does SE intend to pique my interest? How am I going to stay interested in this game if it doesn't take me 2 days to set my macros, just to have to redo them when I get a new piece of gear? I happen to enjoy the Junction system. You didn't like overleveling so that you could survive the ordeal that was drawing 297 Triples from Cerberus? Smiley: sly

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Little numbers are definitely where it's at. And they make designing so much easier.


Real men hit for OVER 9000!
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I dont care what anyone says but I prefer the macros and menu look of FFXIs GUI than FFXIV use of WoW like (and just about every other MMO like) hotkeys and "click on this picture icon a million times to spam this ability" look of the GUI

though the graphics (like any other SE game) look great.. Im gonna spend the first 24 hours of the game just walking around exploring lol.

Edited, Mar 19th 2013 9:50am by DuoMaxwellxx


XIV has macros...you can assign them to CTRL or ALT + Number combinations, exactly like XI...



yeah Im sure XIV has macros too I was mainly referring to the hotkey icon boxes look of the GUI as opposed to the attack/magic/item etc etc more traditional RPG menu look of FFXIs GUI


From my hands on I can tell you that those things can be turned off, you can literally make the UI look like anything you want. Even more so once they launch addons I bet, so you could certainly go for a more minimalist feel if that's what trips your trigger Smiley: thumbsup

Personally I never click on those, but I usually rely on them to remind me which ability is tied to which hotkey. Might be interesting to hide it and see if I can remember which is which.


First task for Wint and ZAM create a throwback UI for XI users in XIV! Accessible only to Premium members at ZAM. :P
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*chug Crown Royal*

Sidegrades not only mean gearswaps, but complete overhaul swaps! If this game wants to be successful, then I need to be able to carry 3 sets of gear at a time (acc, eva, and att) along with enough materia options to have 2+ versions of each gearset. I'm also going to need pure asthetic gear, so I can hit 3 macros to get my evasion set on, but then another 3 macros to make my Star Onion Brigade outfit on while I run away. I mean, how else does SE intend to pique my interest? How am I going to stay interested in this game if it doesn't take me 2 days to set my macros, just to have to redo them when I get a new piece of gear? I happen to enjoy the Junction system. You didn't like overleveling so that you could survive the ordeal that was drawing 297 Triples from Cerberus? Smiley: sly


What is... I don't even...

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*chug Crown Royal*

Sidegrades not only mean gearswaps, but complete overhaul swaps! If this game wants to be successful, then I need to be able to carry 3 sets of gear at a time (acc, eva, and att) along with enough materia options to have 2+ versions of each gearset. I'm also going to need pure asthetic gear, so I can hit 3 macros to get my evasion set on, but then another 3 macros to make my Star Onion Brigade outfit on while I run away. I mean, how else does SE intend to pique my interest? How am I going to stay interested in this game if it doesn't take me 2 days to set my macros, just to have to redo them when I get a new piece of gear? I happen to enjoy the Junction system. You didn't like overleveling so that you could survive the ordeal that was drawing 297 Triples from Cerberus? Smiley: sly


What is... I don't even...

wut


Well that was anti-climactic Smiley: frown
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Am I still muted?

I'm happy that he decided to update the world. I was wondering when Phase 1 would be over and I was wondering how things were going. I mean, even if you're in the Beta, its still hard to tell how the developers feel about things. Adding a week and having that high amount of logins, seems to be a good thing. As some of you said, that's a **** of a sever stress test. I bet they could do the final hours of 1.0 again if they wanted too and not have it fail...

I'm happy to see he's happy. I am really excited to see more details on how the controller is going to work, so its cool they want testers to use them as a main playing point. That one video isn't enough. Time will tell.
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*chug Crown Royal*

Sidegrades not only mean gearswaps, but complete overhaul swaps! If this game wants to be successful, then I need to be able to carry 3 sets of gear at a time (acc, eva, and att) along with enough materia options to have 2+ versions of each gearset. I'm also going to need pure asthetic gear, so I can hit 3 macros to get my evasion set on, but then another 3 macros to make my Star Onion Brigade outfit on while I run away. I mean, how else does SE intend to pique my interest? How am I going to stay interested in this game if it doesn't take me 2 days to set my macros, just to have to redo them when I get a new piece of gear? I happen to enjoy the Junction system. You didn't like overleveling so that you could survive the ordeal that was drawing 297 Triples from Cerberus? Smiley: sly


What is... I don't even...

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Well that was anti-climactic Smiley: frown


There was so much indistinguishably sarcastic/hyperbolic/something in there, I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to argue, or agree sarcastically Smiley: frown
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Yes. Only I can see you because I have special eyes.
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I have special eyes.


I work at an eye clinic and we make fun of that commercial to this day.

Edited, Mar 20th 2013 10:05pm by IKickYoDog
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#75 Mar 20 2013 at 8:06 PM Rating: Good
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*chug Crown Royal*

Sidegrades not only mean gearswaps, but complete overhaul swaps! If this game wants to be successful, then I need to be able to carry 3 sets of gear at a time (acc, eva, and att) along with enough materia options to have 2+ versions of each gearset. I'm also going to need pure asthetic gear, so I can hit 3 macros to get my evasion set on, but then another 3 macros to make my Star Onion Brigade outfit on while I run away. I mean, how else does SE intend to pique my interest? How am I going to stay interested in this game if it doesn't take me 2 days to set my macros, just to have to redo them when I get a new piece of gear? I happen to enjoy the Junction system. You didn't like overleveling so that you could survive the ordeal that was drawing 297 Triples from Cerberus? Smiley: sly


What is... I don't even...

wut


Well that was anti-climactic Smiley: frown


There was so much indistinguishably sarcastic/hyperbolic/something in there, I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to argue, or agree sarcastically Smiley: frown


Well I was personally expecting sarcastic argument right back, but apparently my barometer on the situation wasn't calibrated correctly.
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I have special eyes.


I work at an eye clinic and we make fun of that commercial to this day.

Edited, Mar 20th 2013 10:05pm by IKickYoDog


You guys must love HD glasses and HD paint.

Personally I'm waiting for a retina-compatible version.
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Well I was personally expecting sarcastic argument right back, but apparently my barometer on the situation wasn't calibrated correctly.


Is it too late? Can the situation be salvaged?
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Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
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Well I was personally expecting sarcastic argument right back, but apparently my barometer on the situation wasn't calibrated correctly.


Is it too late? Can the situation be salvaged?


I just chugged Crown Royal. Everything is salvageable.
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#79 Mar 20 2013 at 8:16 PM Rating: Good
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Kachi wrote:
I have special eyes.


I work at an eye clinic and we make fun of that commercial to this day.

Edited, Mar 20th 2013 10:05pm by IKickYoDog


You guys must love HD glasses and HD paint.

Personally I'm waiting for a retina-compatible version.


Smiley: disappointed HD glasses Smiley: disappointed AKA mind @#$%. Ask the optician if you need plastic or polycarbonate, hi-index (if your Rx is high), get the anti-reflective coating and call it a day.
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Is there actually a difference to HD glasses? I always thought it (and the paint) was just a ridiculous scam for ignorant people that don't understand that reality doesn't get any higher definition. Now that HD screens are being replaced by retina displays, I think it'd be hilarious if they started selling retina versions next. "Wow, I can't even SEE the pixels!"

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Well I was personally expecting sarcastic argument right back, but apparently my barometer on the situation wasn't calibrated correctly.


Is it too late? Can the situation be salvaged?


I just chugged Crown Royal. Everything is salvageable.


Including your liver?
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I just need glasses that somehow magically don't get smudged.

I don't usually wear them unless my contact lenses ripped or I'm in an "off" day (supposed to be once a week, I make it once every couple of weeks...), and yet every time I pull them out of my case they're smudgier than an iPad that was played with by a toddler.
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I wear these today, trying to decide if I want to get a new pair of frames or not, these require a lot of work since they're made using walnut, I have to oil them once a month.

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I'm tempted to get some of those Gunnar Optics in my prescription, but I'm a bit leery of commiting to tinted frames like that. I sit in front of computers for nearly 15 hours a day if not longer, and at least 9 of that is in fluorescent lighting, so my eyes do get worn out usually on a daily basis. I just don't know if those Gunnar glasses are snakeoil or not.
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#83 Mar 20 2013 at 9:44 PM Rating: Good
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Is there actually a difference to HD glasses? I always thought it (and the paint) was just a ridiculous scam for ignorant people that don't understand that reality doesn't get any higher definition. Now that HD screens are being replaced by retina displays, I think it'd be hilarious if they started selling retina versions next. "Wow, I can't even SEE the pixels!"


You're right. There's some argument that they help with night vision, but to be honest, you have to have 1 certain kind of prescription or they won't do anything extra for you.

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Well I was personally expecting sarcastic argument right back, but apparently my barometer on the situation wasn't calibrated correctly.


Is it too late? Can the situation be salvaged?


I just chugged Crown Royal. Everything is salvageable.


Including your liver?


Only 27 (tomorrow), so I have time Smiley: wink

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I wear these today, trying to decide if I want to get a new pair of frames or not, these require a lot of work since they're made using walnut, I have to oil them once a month.

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I'm tempted to get some of those Gunnar Optics in my prescription, but I'm a bit leery of commiting to tinted frames like that. I sit in front of computers for nearly 15 hours a day if not longer, and at least 9 of that is in fluorescent lighting, so my eyes do get worn out usually on a daily basis. I just don't know if those Gunnar glasses are snakeoil or not.


ÖGA's are nice. Eff oiling the walnut though. Gunnars are another "case-by-case" situation. If you're sitting in a cubicle with no windows on your floor, large brightly lit screen in front of your face for 15 hours a day, then I'd bet 3 months ARR subscription fee that you'd benefit from the glasses. You won't be heading home at the end of the day with a pep in your step or a burst of energy, but you won't have a headache and you might be up for reading for an hour or 2 before bed.

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Yeah, we dialed back my prescription a touch because I was getting headaches (I'm not sure what part of it she changed), but now I can't see at night nearly as well (I have astigmatism) so I'm going to ask her to bring it back up to where it was and possibly switch to the Gunnars.
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#85 Mar 20 2013 at 9:54 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, we dialed back my prescription a touch because I was getting headaches (I'm not sure what part of it she changed), but now I can't see at night nearly as well (I have astigmatism) so I'm going to ask her to bring it back up to where it was and possibly switch to the Gunnars.


Near-sighted as well?
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Yeah, I can read without them but that's about it. Monitor distance things are pretty fuzzy.
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#87 Mar 20 2013 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
Ya, she dialed back your Sphere, or "power." It makes your distance vision decline just a little, but makes close range and intermediate (computer) vision better. You probably don't notice it during the day, but at night the effect is magnified. Halos on car headlights n such.
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Yeah that's it. I'd rather have the eyesight at night than the lower Sphere, so maybe the Gunnar's will offset that.
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How did this topic turn out like this is beyond me!! Smiley: laugh

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Wow I never realized how much I miss the FFXI/FFXIV forums until going through the second page of this post. Not being sarcastic(which is hard for me not to do), but the intelligence and maturity shown on these forums is a **** of a lot higher then other MMO forums.Smiley: nod Maybe I'm not the only one who notices this. I really miss the FF community =)

I haven't been following for awhile. Played through Open Beta/Release till they started charging to play. I would have continued, but I was having financial issues at the time, and well lost track of it all, so I am way behind on all the updates, and didn't know it was shutdown till I tried to turn it on last night. Was hoping to continue where I left off. lol

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The screen shots look amazing... Want some ps3 screen shoots.
Need to decide about another ps3 or computer. No I don't want another debate about it now. I know it will be better on a pc.

How about a video? found it on youtube, been up for 3 weeks so you may or may not have seen it.

http://youtu.be/KW6fL5X1fM4

Console graphics are surprisingly nicer than I would imagine. My main will be PC, but I do plan to get Console version as well. Though don't hate me for saying this, but I think they should wait for PS4 since it's only right around the corner. And the console version could be better optimized. This is only my opinion, and I give this because it is so late in the PS3 life. As they did with the PS2 version of FFXI by porting it to the PS3/360.


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Including your liver?


I thought this was humorous. Thank Kachi. Smiley: lol
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Console graphics are surprisingly nicer than I would imagine. My main will be PC, but I do plan to get Console version as well. Though don't hate me for saying this, but I think they should wait for PS4 since it's only right around the corner. And the console version could be better optimized. This is only my opinion, and I give this because it is so late in the PS3 life. As they did with the PS2 version of FFXI by porting it to the PS3/360.


It's an understandable sentiment so you'll have no hate from me, but I think the PS3 still has a long life ahead of it. It's tough to be an early adopter since they never make enough consoles at the beginning to match the demand (and who wants to wait in the cold for hours just to get your hands on one?), there's the lack of games (will you even use it once you get it?), and of course the really high initial price (why not wait till the price drops?). It's usually a few years before a new console really ramps up once the initial bumps are worked out. The PS4 is also going to be vastly different in scope to the PS3 and not reverse compatible, so these changes may make people more cautious to dive in at first.

Also consider how there were still some great titles made for the PS2 even after the PS3 came out like Odin Sphere and Persona 4. Not only that, but most stores that sell games still stock PS2 titles even after 13 years since its launch. The PS3 might not have that kind of staying power, but I think it will survive a few more years at least.
#94Poubelle, Posted: Mar 21 2013 at 3:53 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I think releasing on the PS3 is a horrible idea, and I do think it will come back to bite them.
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It would be crazy if they left the huge community of ps3 and went straight to ps 4 a console that is yet to be released. I agree that it will be crazy if they don't release it for ps4 too yes. But come on seriously? They are crazy for releasing it for ps3? You are talking like the console is dead or something. Or that the ff game will be the last game to be released for ps3. The community for ps3 is strong and will continue to exist for sometime even after the ps 4 release.

I do believe though as i have said that they should also go for a ps4 release as well so that they can get every player of the ps consoles.
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Console graphics are surprisingly nicer than I would imagine. My main will be PC, but I do plan to get Console version as well. Though don't hate me for saying this, but I think they should wait for PS4 since it's only right around the corner. And the console version could be better optimized. This is only my opinion, and I give this because it is so late in the PS3 life. As they did with the PS2 version of FFXI by porting it to the PS3/360.


It's an understandable sentiment so you'll have no hate from me, but I think the PS3 still has a long life ahead of it. It's tough to be an early adopter since they never make enough consoles at the beginning to match the demand (and who wants to wait in the cold for hours just to get your hands on one?), there's the lack of games (will you even use it once you get it?), and of course the really high initial price (why not wait till the price drops?). It's usually a few years before a new console really ramps up once the initial bumps are worked out. The PS4 is also going to be vastly different in scope to the PS3 and not reverse compatible, so these changes may make people more cautious to dive in at first.

Also consider how there were still some great titles made for the PS2 even after the PS3 came out like Odin Sphere and Persona 4. Not only that, but most stores that sell games still stock PS2 titles even after 13 years since its launch. The PS3 might not have that kind of staying power, but I think it will survive a few more years at least.


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I also think it's probably a good idea to release it for PS4 eventually, but it's a better idea to release it on PS3 first.

PS3 is a ***** to program for, per a good friend who does it for a living, but at this point it's a known quantity. It's hard to get right, but that's why SE hired a team from Sony to get it right.

It'll take a year for the big studios to get comfortable programming for the PS4. Realistically, I would think FFXIV on the PS4 would have to be a Christmas 2014 or early 2015 thing at best.

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Very true. Sony wanted to be in new/untouched territory with the PS3 and made it so very few companies wanted to work with it, and the ones that did/do continue to have issues. Take Bethesda and how long it took them to just get DLC out for Skyrim. That aside though, Supposedly the PS4 is suppose to be easier to develop games on being relatively closer to PC specs, though of course not a high end PC.

Regardless though, I still plan on getting the PS3 version even though I already have the PC version, and even though it's clear from the PC/PS3 comparison video that it's not ready for retail, minus the hiccups, it still looks like it's coming along quite nicely. I would also be one of those people who waits for the price to drop on the PS4 Smiley: laugh
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I dont normaly post I just read this forum everyday when im bored at work.. But I have to say I feel like its silly to take Poubelle seriously. Ive seen him state several times that he says things JUST to make the forum exciting and not boring lol.. Reading his comments I dont even think he believes what he is saying or arguing. Though I dont always agree with him ill take a good Kachi read over a poubelle anyday.. Kachi has UMPH in his aruments with some solid resolve! Ostia can be the man somtimes too! ;)

Anyways..

Sure it might be harder to get FFXIV onto PS3 but in what real way could it ever come back to bite them? I mean really..? Yoshi-p has done right by us pretty much the entire time.. All though it may take a while for him to follow through with things he does however always bring them to fruition. Regarding FFXIV, has he not been plain about it in telling us if something is going to be or not?

Not only that but didnt FFXI do pretty well for the PS2 ending era? Unless im misinformed.. How did PS2 come back to bite SE? I know I played my PS2 5 extra years JUST because FFXI was what I played it on. Granted the graphics were a tad lower than on pc and it might not have populated as many on screen during beseiged as a comp might.. But I ONLY played on PS2 the first couple of years and didnt get into comp until later because windower was fun to play with.

Plus more households will have a PS3 than a PS4 release.. they would lose out on subs if they waited.. I bet if it were the other way around poubelle would be like "Not releasing it for PS3 will definitly come back to bite them!" lol.. Now if they didnt bring it to PS4 at all then that would be a bad move on SE.. But no PS3 release? I just dont believe Yoshi-p wouldnt follow through on that promise when he has stated it a ridiculous amount of times. "But they said they would release PS3 last time!" He is not Tanaka or wtv his name was so get over that! Anywas.. Just my 2 measly cents :D
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Who cares about FFXIV, let's steer this thread back towards optometry, **** it! Smiley: mad


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My prescription on my contact lenses is R: Power=-4.0, CYL=-.075, AXIS=180, and L: Power=-4.5, CYL=-1.25, AXIS=170.

Also, I copy and pasted that from another document. It took no time at all.
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