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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 5:54PM End Dream said

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to late, im afraid.

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 6:35PM pcgneurotic said

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I'd definitely give it a look 6-12 months from now, see how it all shakes out.

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 6:46PM Valentina said

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I wonder what the questionnaire/poll says.

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:12PM Mevan said

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@Valentina

Which online games have you played before?
Which forthcoming online games do you wish to play?
How many games in the FINAL FANTASY series have you played?
How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?
-How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?
-Battle (including levequests and behests)
-Gathering (Including levequests)
-Synthesis (including levequests)
-Socializing
-Other
What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?
-An overhaul to fundamental gameplay aspects
-An accelerated version update schedule
-Increased communication with the players
Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?
-The Armoury system
-The combat system
-The user interface
-Server response times
-The markets system
-Maps
-Guildleves
-Lack of in-game content
-Other
Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?
-More story-based quests/mini-quests
-More notorious monsters (NMs)
-More levequests (including new varieties)
-Player vs. player content (PvP)
-Large-scale player vs. environment content (PvE)
-Expanded tutorials
-Auction House
-Other
What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?
-World & lore
-Graphics
-Gameplay
-Cutscenes
-Sound
-Online services
-The FINAL FANTASY name
-Other
Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?
-Official forums
-Posts by the development and operations teams
-More in-depth Q&A posts
-More in-depth play guides
-More features for individual and linkshell/company pages
-Other
Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?
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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:19PM Nenene said

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Yoshida's going about this the 100% right way in testing the waters to completely restructure the game.....which it desperately, desperately needs. Desperately. With the survey they can pinpoint the things that really need to be fixed fast (hint: THE UI) and get them redone so that by the time PS3 release comes around, they can 'relaunch' the game and try to salvage it.

Yoshida really did wonders for FFXI, so I'm hoping he can make miracles happen a second time. Sad to see him leave FFXI, though.

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:30PM Mevan said

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@Nenene

Naoki Yoshida had no part in FFXI at all. I think you're thinking about Akihiko Matsui who took over as director for FFXI when Hiromichi Tanaka turned his focus to FFXIV. Naoki Yoshida is new blood to the series.
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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:20PM Mevan said

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There was a pretty great interview by 4gamer.net with Naoki Yoshida (Director/Producer) on Eorzeapedia.com (Thanks to Corinth for the translation) Yoshida seems to be very straight forward, nothing like the interviews you'd see before with XIV's old team and XI's team.

http://www.eorzeapedia.com/2010/12/31/4gamer-interview-with-naoki-yoshida-part-1/
http://www.eorzeapedia.com/2011/01/01/4gamer-interview-with-naoki-yoshida-part-2/

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:38PM Nenene said

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@Mevan
Wow.

The more I read with Yoshida, the more I can see myself giving this game another chance once he finishes fixing it up. He's a 'when it's done' guy, too, which is EXACTLY what this game needs. Thank God.

Tanaka was like trying to deal with a brick wall.
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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:45PM Mevan said

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@Nenene

Pretty much. Yoshida is taking a much better approach on how to handle the game. His main focus is player priority. That's why this poll was such a great idea. I just hope players take the time to fill it out and be heard because Square-Enix is finally listening. And while I enjoy having something to look forward to, scheduled updates with outlines about what's involved, it wasn't worth much since the development team was having a hard time keeping up with everything being promised. Their was no focus in the group and whatever content made its way out was either short of what they said or buggy. Not that any of this has stopped me from playing. I'm truly excited about what's ahead. Other fans or players that were let down by the games release should be optimistic.
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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 7:55PM Nenene said

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@Mevan

Wada needs to just give him a black Amex card, a warehouse, unlimited tech staff, a Porsche, and a pile of hookers and blow and then stand back and let the man work.

It's so nice to be spoken to like an adult by an S-E MMO team, for a change. I'm just floored by the whole thing.

I think FFXI has made me cynical. D:
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 7:51AM Ekphrasis said

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@Mevan - thanks for linking the interviews with Naoki Yoshida.

It's nice to hear some common sense, non-hyped responses from someone who acknowledges that there are serious issues with the game and is set on adopting the right approach to identify & fix things. I'd say SE have put the right person in charge of turning this game around.

I especially like that he's entirely open to a public test server, official forums and a complete rework of some of 'rules already set in Eorzea.' Just the fact that he's willing to entertain these ideas is encouraging - let alone actually making them happen.

I have forced myself to log back into the game since the November/December patches and while it's an improved experience, there's still a long long way to go... As @Laren suggests though, I hope it's not just fanboy feedback that is incorporated - it doesn't HAVE to be a niche` game that goes against the grain of 'western MMO's'. Being different for innovation's sake is great, being different just to make a bull headed statement? Not so much.

Hope they can improve things enough for before the big new releases of 2011 !
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 8:43AM Irem said

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@Mevan
Thank you for linking this.

I feel dumb, but I got a little teary-eyed while reading it. He talks like someone who legitimately knows how MMOs work. He understands what went wrong, he's confident in his ability to organize the team, and he just...actually sounds like a professional MMO developer. When I eventually gave WoW a serious try after playing FFXI for years, the difference between the Blizzard dev team and the FFXI team floored me; reading Yoshida's answers to those questions gave me the same feeling. Just the simple fact that he understands most of the stuff that the fans have been trying to get the previous team to even acknowledge (ex: It's 2010/2011 and players now expect a game to be fairly polished at launch) is enough to make me optimistic.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 8:45AM Abriael said

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@Mevan Yoshida played DAOC for 6 years. That alone gives me more trust in the fellow than anything else he said :D
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Posted: Jan 1st 2011 8:30PM Khalus said

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A member over on Core has recreated this poll, so we can all get a rough idea as to what everyone is choosing:

Poll is here ~ http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BPC74LBSQ/
View the results here ~ http://www.zoomerang.com/Shared/SharedResultsSurveyResultsPage.aspx?ID=L26Z2GBLLBL6

Its very nice to see that thus far most would like a complete overhaul of the game, and hopefully that means a mirror of FFXI's features. Thats all most of us really wanted, was a recreation of FFXI with the new engine graphics, or at least something similar in a new world.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 8:47AM Abriael said

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@Khalus seriously, no thanks. Several core mechanics (the class system and crafting for instance) are way better (at least IMHO) and more innovative than what FFXI had.
I'm not in any way eager to go back to the semi-rigid class system and the mindless one-click crafting found in FFXI.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 12:08AM Laren said

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Polling the players will get them a lot of wrong answers. If you are still playing this game, you obviously have a valid opinion...but far more people skipped or left this game then are currently playing.

Put another way, a fanboy might say 'i need another retainer.', whereas most others would say 'we need an auction house.'

Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 2:21AM PaterFrog said

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@Laren With 'most others' I would guess you refer to those that stopped playing?

Well, the AH is on it's way, or so I've heard.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2011 8:44AM Abriael said

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@Laren and the ones that say "we need an auction house" are the perfect example of why the opinion of those that already ragequit isn't that relevant.
The current ward system works quite well, better than an AH in some regards (it encourages impulse purchases much more with the fact that items are displayed and there basically is a "windows shopping more).
What it needs is keyword/lowest price search, which are already coming, and more stability (with measures in place to save the position of retainers if wards crash, or to avoid them crasghing in the first place).

The fact that an Auction House works well in other games doesn't mean that ALL games should implement that solution. An improved ward system can easily replace an auction house, with added functionality on top of it.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 12:42AM Laren said

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@Abriael

I am in no position to say one way or the other. But people still playing the game have some pretty nifty rose colored glasses. The fact that you got all upset at even my suggestion that the current market system might not be correct is evidence enough.

Let me restate...your opinion is just as valid, but I hope the dev team seeks outside opinions as well.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 6:01PM Muu said

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@Laren

It's better than nothing. Unless they find it some sort of religion, I'd like to believe that even the current players realize the present system is far from perfect. I doubt there's any online game where people don't begrudgingly take the bad along with the good, and they would love to see things fixed for the better. Nevertheless until they kick Sage Sundi (who I believe publicly stated he's there to quash the voice of the user -- something that's bolstered by Matsui's infamous twitter account taking off not long after Sundi's departure to ff14 land) off the island I'd take their claims of listening to their userbase w/ a bucketful of salt.
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