No matter how many times you guys call me a troll or down rate me, I don't think F2P FFXIV would be so bad if done right.
Everyone gets to play, it's free, cash shop outfits and chocobo dyes and cosmetic pets and skins and junk like that support the game and in exchange we get a larger playerbase and the company could definitely make more money resulting in more content.
I mean, TERA was on life support and now it's doing great. It just got a big content update today I believe, with some new 20-man activities. How? By selling stupid stuff like maid outfits. Who really cares? Why do you guys care? If it means more people and more profits.
I hope FFXIV starts as F2P.
Well, like in the case you described:
cash shop outfits and chocobo dyes and cosmetic pets and skins and junk
You get people running around with glittery gold lions and super annoying emotes or world-wide shout ability, or people who level up twice your speed because you arent spending 5 bucks for 2 hours of 2X exp.
And if you say "well just make the skins etc lore-oriented liek the bathing suits, my response is:
I want the stupid holiday events, I want to go do some silly goldfish scooping contest for some fireworks. I don't want to sacrifice the event-ness of that so they can make some side cash.
So do the maid outfits replace the look of your gear? So i'll have 9 mithra is my party in maid outfits while we fight the garlean empire? I believe it was YOU, not a few hundred topics ago whining about "I don't want X because it will break immersion."
Stupid maid outfits are not immersive, they are exploitative of the community, and make the game really hokey. I would quit playing a game that did that.
I don't see why whether or not I'm paying a monthly fee decides how much fun I'm having...
If ARR is fun, I will play - F2P or P2P, and yes, you are wrong, many people play free games long term (many years).
1) FFXI and XIV are very different from most mmos based on the "1 Character - All Classes" principle. In this respect, knowing other players, recognizing them, having good or bad experiences, goes a LONG way to enhancing your enjoyment. It's the reason I re-subbed to FFXI last week, and the reason many others continue to pay monthly even if they don't play it often.
Other games, you have MANY characters and one player already has a revolving door of characters. so it's not as noticeable.
2) Have you have just been given a handful of free games? Have you ever known anyone who downloaded every game on say XBOX for free? These people are the most unhappy gamers I've ever met. My friend has this problem. He owns every game, plays hardly any of them because hes overwhelmed and doesn't appreciate sh*t.
"Did you play Portal 2?"
"Yeah liek an hour of it."
"WHAT!? Why only an hour!?"
"I don't know, I have too many games."
This is the F2P player mindset. I buy my games, so every single one is a precious snowflake that needs to be fully completed. Edited, May 14th 2013 9:18pm by Louiscool