So my first MMO was XI back when I was a freshman in highschool in 03, then I went to WoW, and then on to various others throughout the years. I played WoW for the longest with XI as fairly close second. In recent years while trying out new games, I thought the sense of wonder and immersion I no longer experienced was just because I was a kid with no worries other than going to school and coming home to play games at that time I did. Aion, Guild Wars 2, Lotr, they all just felt like games, but nothing more.
Ive taken a different outook on starting XIV, instead of playing every minute of beta I could, reading up on everything etc, I decided to take things slow and go in with an open unbiased mind. I finally made it onto a server on sunday and have played only for 5-7 hours or so, but that feeling I got in XI and WoW is back. I want to explore every corner of the city, or go kill something even if its not part of a quest, just to see what it does, how hard it is, if I can indeed kill it. It seems like every game ive played in recent years ive spent running from quest to quest, making sure I have the best gear at my level, making sure crafting is keeping up as well. I havent felt the need to do any of that thus far. Im literally just having fun wandering around seeing what I can find. I am keeping up with the story, but not because I feel like I should, or have to, but because its legitimately entertaining and I want to find out where to go and do next.
I'm sure one day soon I will work my way back to wanting to max out my gear and complete everything I can, but ill surely look back to the first of my days in Eorzea as a nostalgic time of exploration and excitement, rather than just getting the low levels over with.