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Posted: Sep 26th 2010 8:23PM relgoth said

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I dont think im the only one that thinks you need to stop bringing this up.

You guys are starting to act like the tabloids. All the massively authors seem to want to is keep the drama going cause they want the publicity.

Please please please stick to the news. I beg of you, i dont want to hear about drama i want gaming NEWS. Not who slaped who at the emmys or something to that effect.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 8:52PM (Unverified) said

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Massively has been doing opinion pieces ever since I started using them as a main MMO news source three years ago. Not to mention covering press releases, and other blogs. It's a mixture that requires a little extra attention to detail by the reader (lest we forget the source), but provides a richer experience in learning about new and current MMO's. The fact that there is more 'publicity' now days, comes from the higher traffic, which brings a greater diversity of opinion. Ironically, it has not increased tolerance of others opinions.



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Posted: Sep 26th 2010 8:55PM ChaosInc said

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A lot of websites do weekly roundup. Sorry that the most talked about as of late has been XIV. You can always head on over to MMO-CHAMPION for your nonstop, uninterrupted WoW news.

In short, if you don't like it feel free to take your troll ass elsewhere. Stop attacking the staff for doing their jobs. If you think you can do better, I'm sure they'd love to have a good laugh at your application qualifications.
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Posted: Sep 26th 2010 8:45PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Horse Feathers!

http://brokentoys.org/2010/09/24/final-fantasy-xiv-triumph-of-the-horsebirds/

...least I thought this was one of the more fascinating stories outside the Massively 'n company spheres of things this week. Hope one of you guys will pick this up. :)

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 9:05PM Wulfrix said

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My hand to God. Baby geese. Goslings. They were juggled.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 9:21PM Abriael said

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The game is fun, and that's all it needs to be a valid purchase. I'm ready to bet that quite a lot of things that were promised for "release" (quests, ishgard, level cap at 50, purchase of additional retainers and so forth) will actually be added on the 30th. Looks like Square Enix considers "early access" as something that's not quite the official release of the game yet, or at least that's the gut feeling I got.

That's said, the game is a lot of fun at the moment, and most of the ones that are actually playing it (and didn't just decide to hate it from the very start because SE didn't decide to bow to the WoW king and didn't make just another clone) will confirm that, but haters gonna hate.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 10:04PM Thac0 said

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haters gonna hate!
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 4:22AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Horse feathers!
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 6:22AM Monkey D Luffy said

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Actually it sucks because SE didn't try to make a good MMO.
They have no idea what people want in a game or an MMO.

They basically made a very crappy version of FFXI.
FFXI is an awesome game but it's very outdated, it came out in 2002 and was never updated with anything the modern MMO's came out with.

FFXIV is just a 2002 MMO with nothing modern in it except graphics.
It's a very small wold with only 6 areas, outdated crafting, no actual open areas (almost every area in FFXI was open) , you can only do a few story missions every 10 levels, and that's all the game has.


You don't have to compare it to a modern game like WoW to show how bad it is, it's crappy no matter what game it's compared to.
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Posted: Sep 26th 2010 11:09PM Cirocco said

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Well I'm not surprised about the extensive coverage of FFXIV since it is the newly-anointed game to launch. I suspect the same will occur with the imminent release of DC Universe Online and WoW: Cataclysm, both set to bask in the prime-time spotlight.

And the weekly reviews have been a mainstay of this site since the beginning of Ragnarok, with a bit of spice and buzz thrown in to agitate the pot.

Posted: Sep 27th 2010 9:08AM Alikar said

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No one buys the collector edition to see if they are curious about a game.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 2:09AM MewmewGrrl said

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If you look at the comments where people were asked if they were going to be getting the game, it would seem as if everybody hates it and nobody was getting it. The reality is with the normal edition not even released yet and only the more expensive Collector's Edition out already - the game has been PACKED full on nearly all servers. While this doesn't tell if the game will last over the long term - it does show that a lot more people are playing it than you may imagine by certain comments. Personally I have a huge issue with paying $3 for each character I want to play (on top of the $10 service charge). I understand we can class switch, but I want to play role play chars and non role play chars and also I have fun playing different races at different times and to do so would make the game the most expensive thing ever - so I may not end up continuing to play after this month even, but it really is packed full of huge numbers of players right now so the comments don't show the reality of how many are actually playing.

Posted: Sep 27th 2010 3:04AM (Unverified) said

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Servers may be packed, but it's mainly full of two types of people right now; the diehards, which would pay $15 a roll for Final Fantasy toilet paper to wipe with, and the curious, who are there just to SEE how bad the game really is.

I bought the collector's edition accidentally. I'd preordered via Gamestop, but completely forgot the fact I'd preordered it long ago from Amazon. I cancelled my Gamestop preorder long ago, because this game has serious issues. Lo and behold though, a copy showed up at my door from Amazon with my preorder of Civ V.

I've got it installed due to sheer curiosity. It took me 4 hours to install it because of the torrent like patch system failing horribly. Took me another hour fiddling with S-E's mess of a website to link this and add this account to that and confirm this and that. Once I finally logged in though, and made a chara, I will admit, the graphics and the cutscenes and the story were quite amazing.

Problem is, once you get out of the original cutscenes......you're left clueless. The missions are very vague, there's no worthwhile combat or skill tutorial, the combat is clunky, and totally useless without a gamepad. Chat is non-existant. In the few hours I've given to this game I've NEVER heard anyone speak save for NPC's. It's like paying to play a single player game. The entire game is completely unintuitive from start to finish. I can't get past more than maybe an hour or two of play time before I'm bored and ready to log out, because I don't know what I'm doing, and the game sure isn't giving me any clues.

Square has a LOT of work ahead of them. Sure the numbers are going to be large now; people are interested in seeing the train wreck. It's the numbers AFTER the free 30 days are up that S-E needs to concern themselves with, or it'll be the Final Final Fantasy.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 4:21AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Stuart replied inpart:

"...and the curious, who are there just to SEE how bad the game really is."

I'm not so sure about that. The curious I agree. But some of those curious maybe there to SEE if this game could hopefully be better than WoW. Since Blizz is designing Cat in a fashion that can only be quailified as ass-backwards and currently is in the death throws of well worn content...

I really hope that FFXIV doesn't disappoint them.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 4:39AM (Unverified) said

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Fair enough. I was truly hoping this game would be the true successor to FFXI, and that it would compete against the WoW juggernaut. So far, my hopes are not high. I think I should have phrased that line better as well. It should read more like "see if the game is as bad as everyone says", since most times I tend to not believe the negative (or positive) hype until I've played it for myself.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 9:59AM dudemanjac said

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Why are ppl always so concerned with how well a game will compete with WoW? Is there something that says a game must meet meteoric success in the billions before it can be good? I suppose someone should go tell Cox, EQ2, and eve what failures they are.

Posted: Sep 27th 2010 10:43AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Because after this:

http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/09/26/cataclysm-beta-removes-portals-from-dalaran-and-shattrath/

...amoung numerous other things that indicate Blizz is losing it, some of us are starting to wonder if it's time to start looking for a replacement for WoW. So it's more an exercise of window shopping rather than pumping WoW's success. Just that the games we would be looking need to be...well...good. Or this would defeat the purpose of the exercise.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 11:50AM TheJackman said

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Blizz not is losing it at all... its about time they remove the portals so mages will be useful again!
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 1:25PM (Unverified) said

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It's honestly not about "competing with WoW" more than it is "holding it's own". WoW was an aberration. I don't think anyone can honestly say that they knew when WoW was coming out that it would garner 492 bagillion subscribers and become the powerhouse it is today. What I think people (and the industry) are looking for now though in terms of success is simple; they need to garner a respectable core of subs, and be able to draw people in. There's been too many failures since the dawning of the age of WoW, simply because not only do they have to get compared with WoW these days, but people are expecting certain things from MMO's now. AoC, Warhammer, Tabula Rasa, even Aion to a certain extent are all massive failures simply because they did not give the "average" player what they were expecting.

FFXIV's key problems have been explained ad infinitum ad nauseum on this website and many others. I think the expectation was a spiritual successor of FFXI, with updated gameplay and graphics. They got the graphics right, the gameplay is a step backwards though.
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Posted: Sep 27th 2010 1:31PM Its Utakata stupid said

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....

...Hey, I'm already my raid's water cooler, so what are you talking about Jack? Besides, my small girth and pink pigtails make me their official "plushie" they can carry about for entertainment values for those lacking in "cute" vanity pets. Just saying... :)
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