Whether or not this idea turns out to be as fun as intended remains to be seen; however, I think that they are doing a good thing by trying something different to add some variety to the game. Maybe it will be popular, maybe it won't, at least they are trying to make ARR stand out and be a more enjoyable experience. They can always patch fishing to what we're all used to if this doesn't work out. I haven't seen any reason to believe that the ARR team is going to implement a fishing system that sucks, though.
I guarantee that if you can't make decent money from it, it will not be popular. This really bums me out. I loved fishing in FFXI before they added in the mini-game. It was a really relaxing activity and you could flip some coin from doing it. Fishing was my favorite craft in WoW too. I hope that there will still be a way of making some decent money from it in ARR.
My job can be fun once in a while because of some of the people I work with, but if they stop paying me, I won't be showing up for work anymore. How many of you will still spend hours leveling your fishing if you will not
make any money?
I'm not sure how my post was interpreted as having anything to do with making money, but I was strictly commenting on whether or not the fishing mechanics (i.e. mini game) would be fun. If your definition of fun in a video game consists of a gil vs. time ratio, that's great and I'm sure that many people agree with you, but it's not what I was talking about. Also, the conditions of your real life employment are irrelevant to this discussion, as this discussion is about a video game as opposed to the requirements for food and shelter.
Quoting an earlier post:
I know it's not exhaustive and that the recipes can always change up until release, but XIVDB.com does not list any recipes for making crystals/shards from fish anymore. With that along with everything yoshi has said about fishing, I'm going to assume they wont be included in any alchemy recipes. So far culinarian is the only one I see recipes that include fish. Even then there aren't that many. Maybe around 10 out of over 100 listed. Even if there are RMT bots fishing for stuff to sell, I don't see enough people buying it up to be profitable.
^This is what I was responding to. I don't see anything wrong with comparing what you do in a game to going to work. A big part of MMOs is
work. Sure, running dungeons with your friends is fun, but without xp or loot how many people would queue up? Fishing is a craft. Crafts are for making gil or things you need gil to purchase. If you can't make any money with it, then it will seem like a waste of time to most players and will not be popular. If it's not being played, it's a waste of the dev's time. If it's not used in any recipes, how would you gain anything from it other than skill points and a fish in your inventory?
I really don't like the word "irrelevant". It's dismissive and lacks consideration for people's opinions, especially in a thread based on speculation and not scientific fact.