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Posted: Dec 14th 2010 8:16PM Tizmah said

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Cool. Check you out in March XIV and we'll see where we go from there.

Posted: Dec 14th 2010 8:26PM kunic said

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@Tizmah The PS3 release has been delayed until 14 can get into an enjoyable state (par the developers). So you might be waiting a bit longer, but when you do get the game it should be rather good.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2010 8:52PM Tizmah said

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@kunic I'm not going to play on PS3, March is still a date that I've set to see if the game is enjoyable.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2010 9:03PM augustgrace said

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A step in the right direction, but not enough to convince me to log in. Still though I'm impressed that they have admitted the game isn't good enough yet (their words), and that they have put sub fees on hold. I'm watching FFXIV hopefully it turns around.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 12:09AM ImperialPanda said

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@augustgrace

I don't know why people keep saying it's "impressive" that they admitted the game sucks. It's like admitting the sky is blue.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 3:53AM pcgneurotic said

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@Lost Bookshop

'was' refers to 'first', so yes, it's correct.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 4:10PM Lost Bookshop said

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@pcgneurotic

Simply read it out aloud, go on I dare instead of defending it for the sake of defending it,

...ever since the first of several teasers was made public.

or

...ever since the first of several teasers were made public.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 4:48PM Lost Bookshop said

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Or would you like me to explain it,? I can do so but you might as well just look it up.

While you do that can you fix the fact that I spent hard earned money on a broken game that everyone but you and Eliot and some really die hard fans seem intent on defending in the face of everyone and the the company who made the game. We could get a fund together, you could pay me to shut up and you can go have a night job in FFXIV.

I want my money back, not going to happen. I want an internet opinion site to not have a biased mouth piece. Maybe that could happen?
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Posted: Dec 14th 2010 9:19PM Lost Bookshop said

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teasers was made > teasers were made

Yes, rah, rah, rah. Still a horrible game I am ashamed to admit I paid for on your advice.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 5:09PM Drunken Irish Sniper said

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@Lost Bookshop. That's why you need to think for yourself and look on multiple sites for information if you plan on buying a game.

Joystiq gets payed off, so why wouldn't this site be payed off too?

I did my research and knew the game was gonna suck before I bought it, but I saw an unboxing video and impulsively bought it for the awesome CE box (It now sits on my big fancy PC).
I also thought they will eventually make the game better, and still do.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2010 10:37PM InkSix said

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I'm excited. Changes sound great, and now I'll get to sell even more fish with another hired help.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 1:01AM Alpoe said

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Does anyone know how many players they have at this point? I'm always curious at the numbers.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 1:45AM Celeras said

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@Alpoe

No hard numbers, but servers are pretty booming since the November patch. Especially around the lv20/30 Aetherytes, where the majority of players seem to be atm.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 7:33AM Nenene said

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@Alpoe
Last count the servers stood under 30,000 players.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 8:55AM chum said

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@Nenene Is there a site that still tracks population or is that the number prior to the November update?
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 5:21PM Nenene said

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@chum
Last count was just before the November update. That update was the one where they disabled the ability to do world searches, presumably because it was being used to track the decline of the player population.

Total BS if you ask me.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 2:23AM Betel said

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"I don't know why people keep saying it's "impressive" that they admitted the game sucks. It's like admitting the sky is blue. "

Not really. It's not your fault that the sky is blue, and neither is it a bad, shameful thing to admit.

It isn't easy for people to admit their mistakes. At least no other MMO has done it so eloquently, and with actual consequences (free playtime).

You can say the game sucks all you want, but they have done nothing but the right things for the past two months. That should count for something.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 3:39AM Dranaerys said

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@Betel

It may count for something but for most people it will not be enough. Fans of the franchise, I suspect, are the only ones easy to forgive mistakes of the past, but the simple truth is that they have known the terrible state the game was in since beta. Devs chose to ignore, let alone communicate with the betatesting community, and despite cries of desperation that the game was nowhere near polished enough for release, knowing this full well Square Enix decided to push it out of the gate 2 months before the big C to capitalize on impulse purchases from brand recognition and fans of the franchise alone.

Other MMOs may not have admitted their mistakes so openly, but lets be honest here - even at its worst state, nothing comes close to the colossal blunder that was made with FFXIV. We will see if future patches will address the issues that plague the game, but as one reviewer said, "Fun" isnt something you can just patch into a game, and that is what it is missing most at the moment.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 3:41AM chrisredfield31 said

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@Betel Customer service-wise, yes they have done the right things but design-wise they've failed miserably and that is why people got laid off. No reason to sugar coat what happened.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2010 3:56AM Betel said

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@Dranaerys & chrisredfield31

Definitely. The only way to really make up for the failure is to fix the game and make it good. However, this will take time and while they're making progress, it will take even longer. For the time being, they can not do more than they already have. The future of the game is looking grim, but it could be a lot worse too.

It is also sad to see a single person's mistake is being reflected for the whole team. One person decided the budget, as well as the schedules. And he has resigned from his position.

One thing is for sure- mediocre is not enough. They need to impress us with something substantial, and I hope the new producer will deliver.

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