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Posted: Oct 30th 2010 9:14PM (Unverified) said

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Maybe we could hold a rally, "to keep hope alive", that all MMO's launched in beta can get their shit together in the first 6months and go on to do well.

Here is my rally sign: "I bought STO and XIV at launch and I'm pretty sure my life hasn't been totally ruined yet."

Posted: Oct 31st 2010 1:11PM hexaemeron said

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FFXIV most likely doesn't have a holiday event because of the tsunami of half-finished or completely omitted necessity bug-fixes/feature adds or revisions that they have to have ready for the November patch.

But then again, having a holiday event might distract users from the cold, sterile beauty and utter lack of life in the game world.

But that's just me. I could be wrong.

Posted: Oct 31st 2010 2:13PM Locus said

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Sir, I play FF14, I don't have any intention of quitting just yet; and yet I find your column a hotbed of passive-aggression which gives no useful information beyond pointless unofficial speculation.

Despite your best intentions, unless you really are a spokesman for Square-Enix, I suggest that you had best garner some journalistic integrity (If that means anything to you. Do you realise that if you publish something in your current capacity, you have a responsibility to your readers?) and do some actual reporting instead of hypothetical apologist babble best left to some op-ed tabloid. Here, I'll give you a few tips on how it could be done better:

Gente asks: Why is Final Fantasy XI the only game getting a holiday event?

Answer: I don't know, I don't work for Square-Enix and I'm not going to make any inane hypothetical remarks that contradict the fact that FF11 was released for Americans just before Halloween and yet many people DID take time out from levelling to get that pumpkin hat and enjoy the event. I believe the developers have different priorities as of the moment.

Tim (along with many other people) asked: Why didn't Square learn a single thing from FFXI when it came to FFXIV?

Answer: This is a loaded question. Answering loaded questions (even if they sound like good ones - questions should be as objective as possible) is not good journalism, it's called "eating troll-bait". Also, please double-check your spelling so you don't end up using words like "underwhelmeing".

There are many *many* things that merit actual articles about that you don't necessarily have to be Mr Touchy about.

Posted: Oct 31st 2010 6:36PM (Unverified) said

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I actually thought it was a well written article. Grammar and spelling aside, because we're all human and this is by no means the New York Times, I'll have to agree as an avid FFXI and FFXIV player. I've been casual on both games, and Eliot pretty much hit the nail on the head. FFXI isn't really dead, but server populations are dwindling. I was able to level my Blue Mage (Riann on Valefor) in a matter of 2-3 months. However, I was scrambling for parties, doing a LOT of MMM, and level syncing in Qufim. I also brought my Dragoon from 50-80 in the same time frame. (At the time, Abyssea was not available for leveling my BLU and DRG.) Since the launch of Abyssea, most player spend their time in there, and leveling my once covetted Red Mage has been so difficult, I just login, LFG, and play FFXIV in the meantime, never once get a party. Why? It's safe to say the game is in twilight days, as much as it pains me to say it. Several people are leaving mostly cause there's nothing generally new. Even the fact that we need a good party of people to finish most missions means we won't be completing them.

Concerning the articles refrences to not having a holiday even. I'll agree with Eliot. With only a month since launch, the team is far more concerned with making sure the game stays afloat, not with Halloween. (Which would bring back in the design team, and other resources that would more valueable on other tasks.)

I look forward to the FFXIV has coming for it in fixes. There are several aspects of the game that need dire improvement. There are however, several ideas that make it a strong contender and deserves my attention and devotion to the project. Right now, I could really careless about a pumpkin hat that I would probably have to craft by growing the pumpkin, finding strands of thread, and level my pumpkin-carver skill to 20.

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