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Posted: Nov 20th 2009 1:54PM AlamoeJones said

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I love the title. Great article.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 2:03PM Wisdomandlore said

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FFXI was the game that got me into MMOs as well. I was in high school at the time and my brother was managing an EB games. He got a hold of a promotional copy of the beta and gave it to me. I had to go out and buy an outdated (but still expensive) graphics card to put in my parents outdated computer.

I was pretty confused at first, as FFXI at the time (not sure if it does now) had no tutorial. It just dropped you into the world. I didn't even know I needed to equip a weapon until a plant out in Gustaberg owned me. Soloing mainly composed of auto-attacking until you could use a WS. Money was hard to come by. Skills were non-existent.

Then I joined my first group in the Valkrum dunes, gained several levels in an hour or two, and I was hooked.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 2:47PM (Unverified) said

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yes, nice simon & garfunkel reference.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 4:25PM (Unverified) said

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Dude.. nice insight into the world of a gamer:) Really liked the article bud!

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 5:30PM Dblade said

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I live a little ways away from devil's hopyard, in Norwich, so it was a welcome suprise to see a Massively writer that spent time in our region. I might even have seen your aunt-depending on how old she was then. I used to work the electronics counter in one of the local department stores, and we had an older lady really big into SNES rpgs like FF 3 shop there often.

I'm an ex-FFXI vet too, and a lot of local people I know have played it, or at least tried it. It's always surprising to me to find at least one coworker if not more playing or familiar with it.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 5:38PM (Unverified) said

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When I was young my dad took me to a waterfall that I liked. I think that's why I play video games. Beautiful story.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 9:03PM Vundal said

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FF11 was my first mmo. i will always remember this one pc from japan. He would always crouch on a hill overlooking the newbie lands, as if starring off into the distance. I was a nub at the time so i always wondered what he was waiting for. things like that...little mysteries (even player created ones) really draw you into the mmo world.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 9:42PM (Unverified) said

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My dad showed me a waterfall in a forest once. It's not the reason I enjoy the beauty of nature so much, though it might be... As much as WoW brought up boredom, and addiction at the same time, which I dislike, I really liked Elwynn Forest.

I remember seeing an Everquest commercial on the VHS for A Knight's Tale. I think I was 11. I was like "Duuuuuude," and there wasn't any clothing-impaired elven women. I wonder what made me want to play it.

Posted: Nov 20th 2009 9:43PM (Unverified) said

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Not that clothing-impaired elven women are a requirement... :P

Posted: Nov 21st 2009 2:20PM hatori1181 said

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I'm glad to see someone that appreciates FFXI, even after playing other games. Fantastic article, it really echoed my own feelings really closely.

Posted: Nov 24th 2009 11:52AM artifex said

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I feel old, now :) But thanks, that was a neat story.

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