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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:27PM Tizmah said

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Wow, it's like going to online college! Thanks SE! You're the best!

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:55PM Tsuyin said

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Thanks for nothing Square.

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 9:37PM Solp said

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This should make me happy, but it doesn't.

Should be intuitive.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 12:31AM meanieme said

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What's interesting is that every time Massively posts an FFXIV article - it never makes me think "hmmm maybe I should give it another try", instead it always makes me think "I did the right thing pulling the plug on it during beta".

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 3:08AM Terical said

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Perhaps the next time Square Enix brainstorm another MMO they would stop and take the time to put in an optional interactive in-game tutorial. Even better still, also get someone or a group of people who know how to work on non emulated user interface for a platform you don't normally work with.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 6:08AM MrGutts said

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SE, doesn't care what we think or do. They are a faceless company like SOE that is headquartered in Japan and the bottom line is the dollar or Yen in there case. They have the same type of customer service, they don't take any feedback because they think they can do no wrong.

I gave up on both of these companies as far as doing the right thing.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 12:15PM Terical said

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MrGutts, they might have to, seeing how their dollar and yen has pretty much gone out the window at this point. When I see more stories of Square Enix just now taking care of things, I think back to when said I couldn't trust Square Enix with another MMO before, during and after their initial announcement of another MMO from them. I was and still am glad I didn't bother to waste my money on XIV and I was right to not trust Square Enix no matter what any fan boy of the game could say.

There was one fan boy or girl on FFXIV core I think it was; that said all of the problems will be fixed by the PlayStation 3 version is released. LOL really, so for now just let things linger the way they are and wait for the PS3 version. Which at this point looks to possibly be pushed back due to hardware issues for Square enix to put the game on.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 1:02AM Glorbo said

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"Show, don't tell."

If it's not intuitive, it needs work.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 4:04AM Ekphrasis said

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What a waste of effort, put this in-game - not on a relatively inaccessible website.

As a PC gamer, it is pointless updating the Lodestone because I can't ALT+TAB to it during fullscreen play. Sure, I can play windowed and further decrease the already inconsistent performance (on highly specced hardware) but I shouldn't have to.

More importantly, as a PS3 player I wouldn't want to have my laptop on browsing the Lodestone while I play on my TV - or worse still, having to put my controller down, running over to a desktop to look something up then coming back again.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 8:44AM Arkanaloth said

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While not a bad start, they do need to put some of these tips into the game for people that just can't figure it out or don't want to, I understand that they want the experience to be full of surprises (something I'm ok with honestly) but some people just want to "know and go". I'm enjoying FF14 but I'm not going to let that blind me to things that need to be addressed. (Auction House *now* please, it's impossible to find efficiently match buyers to sellers, etc...)

I'm a bit lucky since I run triple-monitors in eyefinity I can have the lodestone up on one, the game up on another, with a monitor to spare but you just can't design a game around the assumption that most people are running at least 2 monitors or have a laptop handy for referencing the lodestone and they really need to fix that Alt-Tab crash thing, it's been a thorn in the butt since FF11.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 9:04AM real65rcncom said

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As much as I had waited for this game, I don't know if it can recover from the mismanagement of it this far. Unless the Japanese are going to start playing this en masse with PS3 controllers, I simply don't know who they expect to play this game after December.

Next year there are so many new MMOs coming out without the basic problems this game has had so far; right now this game is not FUN. It is just something to do like playing Farmville or something. It's so silly because everyone in this game past 20 starts grinding the exact same mobs over and over and over. Efts. That's all the Japanese kill so that's all the Westerners kill.

Then after that, they start another type of mob that EVERYONE kills over and over and over. No one wants to kill anything else because it doesnt have enough HPs to last long enough to suck experience points out of. So you have all these other mobs that no one touches halfway through the game and are just window dressing.

Seriously, grinding from level 20 something to level 35ish on on type of mob. That's just insane but you have no other option for decent experience points.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 10:17AM Fauxpaws said

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I've always thought that figuring things out in game is a lot more fun than having to refer to a 3rd-party website or even an official one. Mind you, I like having the option if I get stuck, but the sense of exploration is a big part of MMOs for me.

I tried FFXIV, attempting to go into it with a very open mind. Unfortunately, I felt I was hampered at every turn. Nothing seemed to make any sense, there was no apparent direction, and performing any task required (seemingly) 5x the effort that it would in other MMOs.

I've been able to jump into almost all other MMOs with a minimum of effort. Whether it was WoW to Warhammer, Champions to Conan, I have never been so frustrated or totally lost as I was with FFXIV.

It's obvious that FFIXV is not for me (or just about anyone else I know), but I can appreciate that some people really enjoy it for the exact reasons I uninstalled it. I'm glad at least to see that some folks really enjoy the developer's vision of the product, even if I can't.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 11:58AM mandarin said

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Sounds like FFXI. Same old grind. I'll pass

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