So I tend to read a lot of discussion around here regarding the old as time "will it, won't it?" debate regarding the success of XIV ARR... Particularly some less than optimistic individuals in the "One Million Beta's" thread.
The prevalent sentiment seems to be that the number of beta registrants is indeed irrelevant. While I tend to agree that that is indeed partially true, I don't agree entirely. Having a million beta registrants for this game is of particular importance (granted let us assume only a fraction of them are unique registrants.) This means that some number in the hundreds of thousands are at least willing to give what was objectively a poor game, another shot... What's more to benefit the cause of SE is that they've assembled what is looking to be a gem of game.
I recently found this article on a site which, I in particular, have never heard of before (for all I know this could be the biggest gaming website on earth... I don't do much game website perusing):
What this tells me is that individuals who have a fresh perspective on the game, without any preconceptions of what they would be coming into are having a great time with the game. This is huge and I mean HUGE!
Imagine the countless number of PS3/4 players who will be giving this game a try without ever having played the PC version of 1.0... It is those individuals who will need to be impressed first and foremost. A large number of these gamers may not have even known that 1.0 existed, many will come to the game with no preconceived notions, no bad taste in their mouth, no scorned girl/boyfriend syndrome etc... Nothing but a fresh start and expectations of a great, fun experience.
All in all, I believe the number of negative individuals hanging around forums will soon dwindle to those who like to be negative just for the sake of being a contrarian.
Edited, Jul 4th 2013 9:23am by Wint Lock Thread: Degenerated yet again.