Wish They'd Quit Playing Those Haiderin Blues...

Earth - June 16th, 2009, 13hrs after Mog Bonanza results are released.

Vana'diel - same time, different universe.

The ports of the various nation-states of Vana'diel are clogged with adventurers, veteran, newcomer, and a vague species known only as 'mule'. Moogles are begging for air under the crush of bodies clamoring for statues of various powerful beasts, while others quietly sneak away, their backbacks larger than they were before.

Across the marketplaces of Aht Urhgan, people are shouting in heated voices about their various fortunes, most of them reeling and financially on the ropes.

Intermingled with shouts of marble misfortunes, another cry was heard: "The sky is falling! The Rapture is come!", or words to that effect. It either starts a heated debate, or is shouted down and dulled by the overwhelming cacophony of voices.

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One lone dragoon dares ask for assistance investigating rumors about a crystal spotted in Delkfutt's Tower. She is ignored and so she just shrugs her shoulders. Wanting to escape the barrage of bonanza complaints, she steps into the residential area and has her moogle hand her a battered red chapeau. Immediately she is reeling from an overwhelming array of messages:

"Wanna merit? 5/6"
"Can you solo this monster for me? I'm new, may I have some gil?"
"Do you know any rangers, we could knock out ACP."
"Level Sync, can I have it?"

She hands the hat back to Moogle and thinks for a moment, "The world sure seems like its ending as a Dragoon, but as a Red Mage, the end is far from here."

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My compatriot, Thayos, has written a well-thought out editorial from the stance of the 'common man' about the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XIV. Personally, whilst "Rapture" seems interesting enough, it angers me that a video trailer less than two minutes long can almost completely destroy any chance I have of actually enjoying what I, and all of you, actually have in front of us now. This is a classic case of sitting down to your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant and suddenly wanting to order from next month's list of specials.

I have no doubt that FFXIV will be entertaining and amazing. Even the 'less popular' titles in the Final Fantasy line have sold millions of copies, and have loyal fanbases. So why all the fuss over a title that, realistically, will probably not see a retail release for at least 12, if not 18 months? Why do the very things that have made FFXI fun for years suddenly become:

"SE, if you're listening, don't put NMs in 14, they're stupid."
"Don't allow the basement-dwelling mouth-breathers to be the best players in the game. It's not fair."
"Make sure everyone can get everything in this one, please."

Hold up, take a step back, and look at what's around you: One of the most well crafted MMO-worlds on the market today. No, it's not World of Warcraft with its 10million+ subscribers, but no other MMO is (thankfully). Most of you have said that's the main reason you -like- FFXI, it's a reason a lot of you have come back.

How many of you have actually experienced the rush after claiming a NM and getting its coveted drop? How many of you actually enjoyed cutscenes that showed you that your efforts to complete an expansion's storyline were not in vain? How many of you posted threads on the forums, expressing your own joy or relief at "finally" getting what you had worked so hard for? How many of you, after experiencing THIS MMO for so long, are now praying and pleading for FFXIV to be the very thing you state so often that you don't want in your MMO?

You don't have Sea access? Advertise it, get help. Socialise, look outside your current linkshells and friend circles. You 'need' an NM drop? Research it, camp it, level another job if you think that's your best way to get this item you covet. You want an ACP body and don't know enough people for the 'perfect' setup? Think outside the box, find another setup that works.

Think outside the box.

Remember that this game IS about expending effort and being rewarded for that effort. Quit looking for the silver platter and start synthing one for yourself.

And then, Christmas 2010 (maybe) will roll around, and then we can all start exploring Haiderin together.

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Seems like more poeple are playing to me.
# Jun 23 2009 at 6:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I actually think the News of the New FF has had the opposite affect. When I was at the AH in Windurst this weekend there was as many people there as there usually is at the AH in Jeuno. Also the dunes was wall to wall people when I was running through there this weekend. I think all the news about the new FF has bought some attention to FFXI and some people are playing it to see what it is about. I also think it might have brought some of the old timers back because they are getting excited about the new one. Sure seems like there are more people playing but maybe it is just my imagination.
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# Jun 22 2009 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I think SE is making a mistake by releasing a new MMO. Been thinking about this for a while. I think by doing FFXIV as an MMO is going to split the FFXI audience, making neither as strong as FFXI is currently (think EQ and EQ2). Also, looking at the graphics, it will take a pretty strong computer to run it. One of the things that makes WoW work so well is that every crappy computer can run those crappy graphics so no one who wants it is left out. And if on top of that, if ppl are starting from scratch again, it might put some ppl off who have spent a lot of time getting stuff in XI. I really don't expect to see WoW2 or EVE2 or a sequel to any currently successful MMO any time soon. SE would be better served dropping PS2 support and adding PS3 support to FFXI, instead, and fixing the things it sees as wrong.
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# Jun 23 2009 at 2:40 AM Rating: Decent
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SE would be better served dropping PS2 support and adding PS3 support to FFXI, instead, and fixing the things it sees as wrong.


Considering SONY dont support backwards compatable ps3s anymore I guess that thats out the window. Unless you are suggesting they rescript the game from the ground up so itll work with a PS3. In which case they should probobly rescript it for the PC so itll run with DX9 or higher.

Which they wont do because it wont be cost effective. Remember SE doesnt really care about us. They just want money like any other corporation.
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# Jun 23 2009 at 3:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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Xellith wrote:
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SE would be better served dropping PS2 support and adding PS3 support to FFXI, instead, and fixing the things it sees as wrong.


Considering SONY dont support backwards compatable ps3s anymore I guess that thats out the window. Unless you are suggesting they rescript the game from the ground up so itll work with a PS3. In which case they should probobly rescript it for the PC so itll run with DX9 or higher.

Which they wont do because it wont be cost effective. Remember SE doesnt really care about us. They just want money like any other corporation.


EQ, EVE, DaoC, and UO have all released upgraded clients over the years and maintained compatibility with the previous client. Remember than an MMO client is nothing more than a graphical "terminal" that shows you what's happening at the server end and which tells the server where your character is. That's all it does. There's no technical reason they can't update the client on the PC and 360 while keeping compatibility with the older PS2 client. It's been done several times with other MMOs already.

It would not be that hard. Certainly no harder than the half dozen remakes of their previous games SE ***** out every year.
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I thought of it first:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=130073657654872218#20
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# Jun 22 2009 at 11:35 PM Rating: Default
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Main reason a lot of people dont have sea is because they are waiting for someone to come hold their hand and drag them through it. A lot of people dont have the skills to be a leader. Its a shame really.
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Let the editorials rest please....
# Jun 22 2009 at 10:14 PM Rating: Decent
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How many editorials do we have to subjected to seriously? At least Thayos had a point. FFXI is dying, turn the page.
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I like the missions. I think there needs to be more of a
"reduced hassel" way for people that don't have time. I'm sorry but the one thing I want are instances. I like the nm idea, but with rmt it just doesn't work. I lost 1/2 the fun in killing big nms over and over cause I won't compete with bots yes SE they exist! As common as a colibri!
I did try...
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You don't have Sea access? Advertise it, get help. Socialise, look outside your current linkshells and friend circles.


I did, honest, people just don't like to help on those missions...
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I did try...
# Jun 23 2009 at 7:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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Suucat wrote:
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You don't have Sea access? Advertise it, get help. Socialise, look outside your current linkshells and friend circles.


I did, honest, people just don't like to help on those missions...


This, I have the exact same problem. Or they are a few missions ahead of me, don't wanna help me catch up but ask me to remember them if I catch up... -_-


...also, I wish people would think outside the box but most won't.



Edited, Jun 23rd 2009 11:26am by YfandesofBismarck
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