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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 6:17PM (Unverified) said

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Great post, I think you've summed up a lot of old-time FF fans, who just don't have the time/drive to grind between morsels of content (Aion is a great example of that, whether you like the game or not.)

It's not even a case of wanting instant gratification, it's about the journey and not having artificial stops.

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 6:22PM fanguad said

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One of the nice things about Final Fantasy is that (with few exceptions) the story between each game is independent. There are common elements, sure (chocobos, moogles, airships, Cid), but you won't need to worry that everyone else knows all the main characters already. Also, while the gameplay is similar in some ways to FFXI, you're not going to be left behind in FFXIV if you didn't play FFXI.

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 6:31PM Tazmanyak said

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Have fun in FF universe Beau :)
But, you wont be any longer the "f2p guy", then? :p

I like what you wrote, it's really how i felt when i played a few hours (15, 20 maybe?) in the beta.
I would like to lve this game, but ...
I dont want to use a pad,
I dont want to feel uncomfortable with the laggy interface,
And i dont want to play with limited 15fps, and not-that-beautiful-graphisms with my old-but-was-one-day-very-good 2yo computer ... and as i dont have cash to buy a new one ...
ffxiv will be without me.

Then, i rely on you to make me dream a bit, and maybe in a few months, one year, with a new rig, i'll come in fantasy universe.

An, maybe, you'll be the guy to help the newbie-me? ^^

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 10:01PM (Unverified) said

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My PC is over 2 yrs old and i can run FFXIV fine, onlything i upgraded was my vid card. Used to have a gtx 8800 upgraded to a gtx 260 but never tried it on the 8800 as i upgraded before i got to play the open beta but runs smoothly on a 2 yr old system that cost me $1600 cnd tower and monitor. So unless your PC is completly outdated game should run fine, unless its one of the bestbuy futureshop staples or other garbage PCs that people buy. Homemade is where its at. 2 years old and still doing great.
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 10:14PM (Unverified) said

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on a side not heres my specs:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, 2997 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s) (Overclocked to 3.8)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB (would be 8 but my motherboard don't like 4 sticks)
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Adapter RAM 896.00 MB (939,524,096 bytes)
Installed Drivers nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version 8.17.12.5896



It all runs fine on this, before open beta i belive my Benchmark was 2496 on high. But remeber i ran smothly in open beta. GL

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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 6:57PM (Unverified) said

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Hear... Feel... Think...

In all of the openings the words are the same. Also in all of the openings you can softly hear "Answers" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNaYE3WyDeg

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 7:46PM real65rcncom said

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I would suggest the author doesn't play FFXIV, I think he already knows why. To me, it seems almost like a guy who is remotely enthralled with some girl but he knows deep down, they aren't really suited for each other. He may like some things about her a WHOLE lot, but he knows that they move in different circles.

Case in point, he says quite a bit he's a "solo player". Flash: FFXIV for all it's solo friendliness is NOT a solo MMO. If you think you are going to be satisfied just soloing the whole game, you will get bored very fast. The point of this MMO (or any) is to make friends, not be the Lone Wolf. If you find you are then you should be playing a game like WoW that has that type of content for solos. Not easy, just involved for a solo player's mindset.

You stated the higher players didn't have time for you before because you were a solo/parttime guy. Don't think they are going to have time for you now either. You play too many games to be relied upon and that's ultimately what a MMO is about.

If you are playing as much as you stated with other MMOs, and then playing solo while you are, why on earth would you expect a group oriented thing to be your bag?

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 8:03PM Vrazule said

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The point of MMOs is to entertain and if that entertainment comes in the form of soloing, then it certainly isn't your place to say otherwise. People certainly don't have to play full-time to be of any worth to other players.

All I see is your definition of what a MMORPG should be and expecting others to conform. The fact is, they DID put solo content in the game and if you can't deal with it, then maybe this game isn't your bag.
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 8:11PM Beau Hindman said

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Well, first of all, how do we *know* much about this game and how friendly it would be for solo players? (has someone been playing an advanced copy to max level? hehe) Granted, I'm no follower of the game/s, but I became newly interested in the IP because of the explanation of the fatigue system, (a fan made film) which specifically used the words "casual player." More than a couple of my friends stated that they think it will be more solo-friendly.

Of course, if the community would rather ignore me, because I tend to solo in a lot of the games I have played (although I have never said that I have never grouped -- in fact, I *have* grouped) then so be it. They can shun me and cast me aside for the noob I am. :)

Beau
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 8:35PM Its Utakata stupid said

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I can indeed vouch that Beau does group. When doing a live stream gig for his column Rise and Shiny recap on Global Agenda...he was infact playing with his spouse. :)
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 9:17PM Cendres said

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I've grouped with Beau! *vouches* I am a 'solo' player as well just because that's how I roll and it's easy for me to hop in and out of game like that. However I will group once in a while too, I enjoy the social aspect of an MMO but FFXI imo went too far in how regulated every aspect of the game is. FFXIV to me = freedom.
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Posted: Sep 22nd 2010 5:08AM pcgneurotic said

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"You play too many games to be relied upon and that's ultimately what a MMO is about."

Bwuh? If he was looking for a guild, maybe so. But just for grouping when he's online and in-game? You lost the plot there m8.
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 8:01PM (Unverified) said

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It seems as though I've always been two steps behind the masses in any franchise I try. It happened in Ultima Online, Everquest, Asheron's Call, WoW, you name it...I join up right as "the good old times" are coming to a close and the game either takes a turn for the worse or loses a big portion of the playerbase. FFXIV seems like it could be my chance to jump on board and experience a game from the very beginning. Or perhaps I should hold out and jump on the Guild Wars 2 train, or Tera, or Rift...looks like I may have to try them all. Now if only I could figure out how FFXIV will react to my 600ms ping.

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 8:51PM real65rcncom said

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Don't get me wrong, lol. I'm not trying to discourage Beau from playing FFXIV at all. But based on how he started his article its' clear what he said:

1. He likes to solo.
2. He plays tons of other MMOs
3. He doesn't have a lot of time for hardly any of them.
4. Then he has to write articles about them.

I'll say it again; there is a difference between "solo friendly" mmos and "solo ORIENTED" mmos. FFXIV is a solo friendly mmo without question. You can solo a lot of mobs all the way to max, but you will be bored as hell doing it. While it has quests (they didnt put them in beta), it doesn't have the amount of quests say WoW, Lotro, Aion or other MMOs has because that's not the focus.

The focus is guildleves which are repeatable quests that you gain more exp from doing with others. If he is soloing, he isnt going to keep up with gear/gil/exp as everyone else and when he does campaigns like the opening, he's going to be at a major disadvantage not having subs leveled up. Surplus doesn't fix that.

As a fan I don't think it's going to hurt him to try and I like that he's giving the game I'm going to play MORE income. But at the end of the day, he's going to end up trying to make it like "it's not really solo friendly" when he eventually quits after a month and he'll be wrong about that.

Just saying now.. it's a group oriented game, not a solo oriented game no matter how solo friendly it is.

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 9:05PM Beau Hindman said

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I appreciate your comments and concern for my gamer well-being, and can see where you might get the idea that I will be disappointed with the game within a short period of time. But, I'd like to point out how I say that I play my normal SOE games and my favorite FTP games *in between* the new games I am looking at each week. In other words, it is possible to be "dedicated" to a game without playing it 30 hours a week.

Just ask Nexon how many hours I put into Vindictus so far! lol It is true that I might not have the time to hit maximum level by the time anyone else does (if ever) -- but I never say that my goal is to only hit max level. My main interest in FFXIV is the story.

Now, if you don't mind, I am going to go listen to my friends on Twitter brag about pre-purchasing and playing! lol

Beau
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 9:25PM real65rcncom said

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"Just ask Nexon how many hours I put into Vindictus so far!"

haha.. you and me both.

I D'L Vindictus the day it came out with free keys as I didn't want to burn out of the early content of FFXIV (played two betas). I had loads of fun playing that weird looking game so far (lv 26.. was working on full Savage gearset; NO JELLIES!) but FFXIV is tomorrow so I'll only be playing Vind during maintainance from now on. But that game is exactly what I meant when I said "solo oriented" mmos.

Vindictus has grouping but you really can do every major part of the campaigns solo and even get bonus points for choosing "Warrior Mode" to beat things like Polar Bear solo. (Tough) Definitely a solo oriented game.

But this type of thing isn't possible in FFXIV.

If you don't group for the campaigns you don't get to see the good cutscenes and stuff because you'll die horribly. If you do go PUGging, you won't have a properly leveled subjob (just a main) so you'll be hurting whoever you're going with. Which is probably why in FFXI they didn't have time for you; no one wants the gimp to come along when it's do or die.

Eventually when you do get pulled through, you'll be the only one with the "AHA!" moment because everyone else already did it numerous times and is ZZZ with that part.

BTW: good article and well-written. Not concerned about your personal gaming cause I think you are a nomad gamer, but I fear you're setting up someone else with unreal expectations of what's possible and what really isn't solo in FFXIV, that's all. But do enjoy your stay!

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 9:33PM (Unverified) said

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My PC is over 2 yrs old and i can run FFXIV fine, onlything i upgraded was my vid card. Used to have a gtx 8800 upgraded to a gtx 260 but never tried it on the 8800 as i upgraded before i got to play the open beta but runs smoothly on a 2 yr old system that cost me $1600 cnd tower and monitor. So unless your PC is completly outdated game should run fine, unless its one of the bestbuy futureshop staples or other garbage PCs that people buy. Homemade is where its at. 2 years old and still doing great.

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 10:31PM Its Utakata stupid said

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So you're saying you don't need the Hal 9000 to run this thing. O.O
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Posted: Sep 21st 2010 10:34PM (Unverified) said

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lol if this game needed the Hal 9000 then i dout we would be playing this game on this planet

Posted: Sep 21st 2010 11:29PM Demeter said

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^^ I too have decided the plunge into FF XIV is worth taking. I will wait for the Standard Edition on the 30th, and not really get into the game til the weekend of the 1st. I'm mostly a Mabinogi/Pangya player, but I do try lots of things as well. I also subscribed to FF XI for a bit, so I know a little of what to expect, I do hope they fix the mouse to a hardware mouse.

But as far as payment, it's not quite as harsh as the normal P2P, it's $9.99 for the game plus $3 per character per month once you start paying (if you have lots of chars it could get pretty harsh). Also there are deals for 3 months and 6 months for the game part, so it gets a bit cheaper depending on how much you pay for.

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