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.
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.