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Post Removed; Pulling Out

I give.  Throughout my time with FFXIV, I’ve tried to be objective, but perhaps I’m guilty of investing myself too much in trying to share something I enjoy. As much as I like it, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no point in trying to fight the tide of bad press and player opinion. The result of trying has only been arguing, being told I’m a fanboy, blind, or other things up that alley. The whole topic has just become an uphill battle and at this point I think I’m ready to just enjoy the game and stop fighting the flow of the community.

If you like it, fine, and if not, that’s okay too. For now, I think I’m going to pull back a little bit, stop reading sites outside of my normal circle, and focus on what I like about the genre and community. I feel tired, so maybe that means I’ll post a little less this week. I honestly don’t know. Writing is in my blood, so if I do I’m sure it won’t be for long. It’s just time to recharge my batteries and get back to focusing on the good I like in the genre and our community, and less on defending myself and a product I didn’t even help make. Somewhere I must have decided that XIV was getting an unfair shake and that I should speak up against what I felt was wrong. That can be someone else. From now on, I’ll write about what I like and what I’m doing. The whole thing is simply too divisive and nobody wins.

I’ve removed the last post to prevent further comments. Thank you to those that shared you opinions. I have never minded disagreements and even welcome them as an impetus for discussion. But, coming out of the argument, I think that makes a good first step. For those of you who would still like to read the original, I’ve left the post active over at MMO Voices.

- Chris

Note: Emyln, I did respond to your comment. I’m hoping you got that via email but if not, please let me know. I’m glad you came by and left it.

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  1. Barrista

    I wouldn’t be reading your blog if it weren’t for the FFXIV content, so don’t give up.

    Let me give you a bit of background on me. I have played WoW for almost 4 years now. It was my first MMO. When Age of Conan came out, my husband wanted to try it and wanted me to join him. I did. It was pretty bad. Awkward movements… awkward graphics… and just poor graphics outside of Tortage. Now it’s one of the more popular MMO’s out there, but I don’t play it because of that initial impression.

    I’m here to see what FFXIV is like. I”m here to read about it from someone who enjoys it because I agree with you. And I’m here to see how it grows in the future so that it is fully acceptable to those who enjoy it now in spite of it’s issues.

    MMO’s are damned if they do and damned if they don’t… in relation to WoW. This one goes outside the box, as everyone says they want, and still get slammed. Which says NOTHING about the game… it says something about the slammers. It says they don’t really want originality. It says they don’t want to have to think too much. ALL of our opinions are based on who WE are regardless of the external object.

    So personally, I still play WoW (along with EQ2 and LotRO) and I think there was NOTHING wrong with any of those posts. But then, I’m not one of the people you mentioned in it, so I had nothing to be offended about. Your posts must have had some element of truth to cause such an upset by that certain segment!

    1. Barrista

      “I”m here to read about it from someone who enjoys it because I agree with you. ”

      When I said I agree with you… it was on the idea that everyone seems to SAY they want the games to be different from WoW, but when they are there is constant whining. I’m going through this in LotRO right now.

      Just wanted to clear that up since it seemed awkward otherwise.

      1. Chris

        Don’t worry, I don’t think there’s a way I could write this blog without bringing in the main game I’m playing. Besides, I like writing about FFXIV, so that will definitely continue. What I mean is that I’m not going to put up so much effort to combat the cynicism that’s surrounded it lately.

        I’ve thought about it quite a bit today, actually. I think the best way to go about this is to simply write about what I’m doing and having fun with. Instead of following the people attacking so much, I’d like to let my own experiences be a guide. It’s worked well for Syncaine and Darkfall and it may well make for better reading anyways. It’s also the kind of thing I’ve been enjoying reading most.

        Barrista, you may already follow him, but consider checking out Pete over at Dragonchasers. He’s been writing about the game for a while and recently wound up falling in love with it. He’s a good writer and his enjoyment really shows through.

  2. emyln

    Hi Chris,

    Just enjoy the game. Heaven knows that its getting harder and harder to find games that really consume you. I think the reason gamers keep trying new games is because we are all trying to re-live the moments when the first few games grabbed us in our youth. I don’t think anything can compare to the experiences I had when I first played Ultima 3/4/5/6/7 and the might and magic series.

    And don’t listen to critics. We are all searching for different things. An obscure game in particular I enjoyed was “Fairy Godmother Tycoon” and was so upset that the few reviews it had were blasted.

    PS. I did not get your comment. I would to hear it, please email it to me or repost it :)

  3. Ardwulf

    No, don’t give up – fight back.

    I don’t mean blow up. Take the reviews you disagree with and counter them point-by-point, logically. Explain where you agree and where you disagree, and where you think the reviewer’s opinion is totally without merit. And where the issues pointed out are legitimate now, but will soon be fixed.

    I wouldn’t be reading your blog if I didn’t want to hear your opinions. Granted, the flippant WoW crack was unfair and unwarranted… but hey, I say stuff that I need to back carefully away from sometimes too. It’s all part of the blogger’s life.

  4. hunter

    as much as i like comments, you can’t take that stuff to heart. Haters gonna hate. or leave dark jokes about suicide. possibly both.

    1. Chris

      Hah, that cracked me up :-)

  5. Genda

    Hey man,

    Don’t let the bastards get you down.

    The irony of this whole thing is that there is a portion of the market that is crying for a game like FF. “WoW is too easy”, “where is the challenge?”, “I don’t want everything handed to me on a silver platter.” But when a game like that comes out it gets crucified.

    At the end of the day, people need to make their own opinions of these games, and stop taking the “my game is best, your game sucks because it’s not my game” approach to reading other’s blogs. Vote with your gaming dollars. That is cool. But I guess I don’t know why people feel the need to piss in other’s Corn Flakes.

    Since I’m not really writing any more it’s been hard for me to watch and not say anything, but I’ve been reading the blogs of people who are playing FF and thinking; “that sounds pretty cool. If not for being involved in playing what I am playing now, would totally give that a run.” Fact is, I haven’t but that is mostly because of my job being very busy right now and the fact that I am still enjoying WoW and looking forward to Cataclysm. If not, FF is probably what I’d be playing now.

    So don’t let others who are just out to hate keep you from doing what you like doing, whether that is playing FF (and writing about it) or just posting here. A lot of us like what you are doing here. Keep it up.

    Cheers!

  6. Tesh

    “The irony of this whole thing is that there is a portion of the market that is crying for a game like FF. “WoW is too easy”, “where is the challenge?”, “I don’t want everything handed to me on a silver platter.” But when a game like that comes out it gets crucified.”

    Agreed. It’s almost funny to watch from a distance.

    Chris, don’t sweat the jerks. They aren’t worth the time. :) I’m glad you’re having fun with the game. If I had more time and money, I’d probably jump in, too.

    1. Tesh

      Oh, and I thought your original article was great. Even the WoW crack, slightly ascerbic as it was, really only stung because it was close to the mark.

  7. Andrew

    Existing MMO fans are often the very force holding MMOs back. This whole episode on your blog just sort of hammers that point home. :/

    For what it’s worth, I enjoyed your original (now dead) article.

  8. Chris

    Thanks guys :-)

  9. H00LiGAN

    Mor FF XIV talk plz! K thx bai!

    1. H00LiGAN

      Oh and I finally made it onto your server!

      1. Chris "Syeric" Coke

        Woot! What’s your character name? The social system is still pretty obtuse (you have to click like three things to see which friends are online) but I’ll keep an eye out for you. Feel free to email me with any questions you might have. Need a linkshell?

    2. Bella

      Time to face the music armed with this great inirfmatoon.

  10. KalibreOnline -Games, Life and Ent

    I must say Chris, your blogging of Final Fantasy 14 is very interesting. I am always forwarding this to my friend that’s still very undecided.

  11. Jomu

    you ARE a ff fanboy!!! RAWR!!
    j/k j/k! its probably trolls calling you that.. blogging less = letting them win :P
    we’re so passionate about our games.. what we love but especially what we hate

  12. Drew

    Once they fix the Market Ward and interface lag, I’ll be happy to come back to FFXIV. It’s absolutely unplayable for me right now because of those two problems.

    I think the reviews are a bit harsh, sure, but for the average person trying to step into FFXIV as their first MMO (or one not named WoW) it’s hard to counter many of the points – and this coming from a self-admitted FF “fanboi”. The game is punishing and unforgiving to new players, for sure.

    What’s important, though, is that YOU are enjoying it. Keep playing, keep writing; and I’ll keep reading. :)

    1. Chris

      You raise a great point that I hadn’t really considered before. For a new MMO player, FFXIV would be about horrible. There’s no way I could ever recommend anyone other than a veteran MMO playing coming over and, even then, it can be a challenge. The good news is that market wards should be fixed this week sometime. I also read that their top priorities are the UI and control scheme with performance and new content coming after. I can’t find the original interview (I really wish they’d compile them on the Lodestone), but they elude to the same thing in Eliot’s Comic Con interview too. Communication could be stepped up but I’m glad they’re listening.

      1. Drew

        I’m anxiously awaiting the fixes – I’ve been anticipating this game for almost a year, and I hate that I got so disgusted with it so quickly, but it is what it is. It really is nice to see SE listening and addressing so quickly.

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