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#1 Feb 27 2013 at 12:32 PM Rating: Sub-Default
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It seems like people have a LOT of faith in Yoshi-P, and I'm just wondering why.

He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?

It seems like his public letters get a lot of positive feedback because he constantly bashes 1.0, portrays himself as the hero, and repeatedly reminds us that he is a fellow gamer who knows what gamers want (as if all people working in the gaming industry aren't gamers themselves...)

I'm not criticizing him, but what has the guy done to deserve this kind of loyalty? I've played MMOs for years too and I don't consider myself qualified to make one.

It would probably turn out generic and just copy features from other games if I tried.

Don't get me wrong, he seems like a cool guy. But what has he actually done on a professional level that should make me trust him?

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Seems like the kind of dude I could have a jager bomb & a smoke with. I approve.
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I demand to see Yoshida's long-form birth certificate!
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Yeah I was waiting for this.
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#5 Feb 27 2013 at 12:55 PM Rating: Excellent
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1. Bomberman Hero - Director 1998
2. Dragon Quest - Director and Lead Game designer 2007 to 2012
3. He's known by Square Enix insiders to be a hardcore MMO player and very approachable.

Depending on what part of the world you live in, Yoshida-san is either unknown to you or a major player.
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Better than yours?!

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Hah, it's just another troll thread.

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#9Poubelle, Posted: Feb 27 2013 at 1:29 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I'm not really sure how this is a 'troll thread'... I don't have much faith in Yoshi-P and I don't see why others do.
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judging by the tone of your posts you don't have faith in square enix at all? or is it just because they hired him?
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#11 Feb 27 2013 at 1:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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You know what's really awesome? Things like running internet searches.

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Go educate yourself and stop trolling.
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judging by the tone of your posts you don't have faith in square enix at all?
At the risk of creating a topic actually worth discussing and not just another thread where you plebs are made to dance like marionettes to an arthritic puppetmaster with advanced stage Parkinson's Disease, I'll simply state that I don't have much faith in Square Enix and that sixteen years of disappointment would do that to anyone.
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so you've been disappointed since ff7? why are you still hanging around?
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Louiscool wrote:
Hah, it's just another troll thread.

Smiley: rolleyes


This is to be expected after looking at the front page and the rest of his posts.

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I'm not really sure how this is a 'troll thread'... I don't have much faith in Yoshi-P and I don't see why others do.


Do tell why you don't have faith in Yoshi, has he done something wrong that had adversely affected you in any way? Or is it because he works for SE and V1 failed miserably?

Inquiring minds wanna know!
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#15 Feb 27 2013 at 1:50 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not criticizing him, but what has the guy done to deserve this kind of loyalty?


Take a game that SE threw up on us and spend countless hours and sleepless nights trying to make it something we can enjoy in our leisure, keeping us updated and giving us facts while making good on his promises.

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I I've played MMOs for years too and I don't consider myself qualified to make one.


Add lead game designer and a position in an established game company and you may just be. Your naysayer mentality would most likely hold you back though and you'd give up before you even started.
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We should all probably just stop posting in threads started by Poubelle and Bethany1. Eventually they will get bored again and move on.
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We should all probably just stop posting in threads started by Poubelle and Bethany1. Eventually they will get bored again and move on.


but it's funny :(
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judging by the tone of your posts you don't have faith in square enix at all?
At the risk of creating a topic actually worth discussing and not just another thread where you plebs are made to dance like marionettes to an arthritic puppetmaster with advanced stage Parkinson's Disease, I'll simply state that I don't have much faith in Square Enix and that sixteen years of disappointment would do that to anyone.


16 years, damn.. So like, FFXI was just a total bummer for you? I'd like think if a company let me down that long ago I wouldn't keep buying their products, but then I keep buying call of duty each year...

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We should all probably just stop posting in threads started by Poubelle and Bethany1. Eventually they will get bored again and move on.
I prefer to turn them all into discussions while ignoring the constant attempts to provoke a reaction.

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We should all probably just stop posting in threads started by Poubelle and Bethany1. Eventually they will get bored again and move on.


Nah, wouldn't want that. Don't need them filling up the page with such nonsense so that when a new player stops by and reads it all, they are likely to think their garbage is true.
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Who is this Poubelle person? What are his credentials? What sort of investigative journalism degree does he have to qualify him for asking the 'tough questions'?

Ok, jokes aside. The loyalty by Yoshi-P is due to his actions, not his past. He has lived up to his promises, more over, his approach is unlike anything coming out of Square Enix in its history. The guy is open-ended in his business approach. He speaks fairly frequently to both players and the media. He doesn't just listen, he reacts, he watches the community - even goes so far as to type out stuff before PR has a time to properly translate it and fix mistakes.

So it's something earned from him, even when we don't always agree with everything he says. And when he does something with the game, we actually get reasoning out of it too.

The game can be a matter of debate, but this guy knows his stuff. More importantly, he knows how to relate to the player.
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What credentials did Tankaka have while he was directing FFXI? People seemed to like his work at the time. At the very least, Yoshida will likely have a small but loyal following when all is said and done.
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Joined Square with Sakaguchi in 1983 and was a programmer on Sakaguchi's first two games, The Death Trap and its sequel. Took charge of his own team and made several games prior to rejoining Sakaguchi later in FFI's development. Stayed on as chief game designer through FFIII. Transitioned from the early stages of FFIV while it was still planned for Famicom to SaGa 2 on GameBoy, then seized the opportunity to take charge of Seiken Densetsu 2 (which he turned into a million-selling real-time RPG on SFC). Directed Seiken 3 himself, but it failed to sell 1 million. Then he produced (and designed the game systems) for Xenogears and Chrono Cross. Too bad he had to leave Square last summer.

FFXI was like a Tanaka (producer) and Ishii (director) reunion from the Seiken 2-3 days, plus Kato (Chrono, etc.) in charge of plot and event supervision. When FFXIV was first announced, it was exciting because Tanaka was back as producer, Komoto was director (he was FFXI's original event director and man in charge of Bastok and related events. He also worked on select scenes in Xenogears (incl. the Thames), the ATE scenes from FFIX, etc.) of Chains of Promathia when Ishii left the team to pursue his failed attempt to revive Seiken Densetsu (which he had originated on GB, if you don't count the original trademark Square had for the FDS game by Kazuhiko Aoki), Yaeko Sato replaced Kato (who left to go freelance) at Chains of Promathia (it had been planned from the beginning, but Sato and the others decided how it would be implemented). Etc. Etc.

Anyway... there's little point to this. I just saw the question re. Tanaka and felt, as a longtime fan of Tanaka, I would comment. Sakaguchi and Tanaka were like this awesome one-two punch (like Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg were for the Colorado Avalanche) back in the nineties when their names were attached to games like FFIV-VI, CT, FFVII and FFIX and Seiken 2-3, Xenogears and Chrono Cross, respectively.

Wow! Apparently Naoki Yoshida was a map designer on Super Bomberman! I remember buying Super Bomberman on SNES with the Super Multitap with four controller ports. He worked his way up to director in the Bomberman series before leaving HudsonSoft for Square Enix, apparently. Then he directed numerous Dragon Quest spinoffs prior to serving as lead game designer on DQX. If DQX is any good as a MMORPG, then FFXIV can't be much worse off given it's generally considered more flexible than DQ as a series.
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We should all probably just stop posting in threads started by Poubelle and Bethany1. Eventually they will get bored again and move on.


Nah, wouldn't want that. Don't need them filling up the page with such nonsense so that when a new player stops by and reads it all, they are likely to think their garbage is true.


I just came across this: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=concern+troll It made me immediately think of Poubelle.

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so you've been disappointed since ff7? why are you still hanging around?


To hang on to that sweet post count, of course!
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Lol, "genuine supporters."
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I can't comment on his video game credentials, but I'm qualified to comment on his IT project management style, and I like it. He's open to suggestions, responsive, and determined not to let this project fail. He's saying "@#%^ you" to the traditional IT triple constraints (budget, time, scope) and going for the more modern quad constraints, which adds quality as a fourth - and most important - constraint to the project.

I never had to write a dumb essay on "my project management role model" (I'm in a better caliber program than that...) but if I did, it'd probably be Yoshi P.
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Actually, I'm going to agree with Poubelle on this one. I'm going to agree with catwho, too. Yoshi-P seems like an excellent project manager-- someone I could even aspire to be more like. I think regarding that, he couldn't be doing much more.

However, his design credentials do not instill me with any faith. He doesn't have some great track record as a game designer, and I can't tell you how many people I know who play lots of MMOs hardcore, have all the theories about game design in the world, and would be absolute disasters. More likely, his designs will be pretty average, maybe a bit better than your average MMO.

Very few game designers are consistently successful because very few understand why a game is successful. They develop their own theories about games just like all of you do--they have no expert knowledge of the subject. They don't learn about it or study it. They play games, they take note of what they like and don't like--maybe they even take note of what other people seem to like or dislike. But what it boils down to is that they're mostly winging it. They're not operating off of some checklist or guidebook, so they never know if they're doing something correctly or not. And sometimes that works out, but mostly not. And when a hit game comes along, they'll remake that game in sequels for a decade, or other designers will copy large parts of the design, because by god, they finally found something that works.

Point being, having faith in any game designer to be consistently successful is pretty much nuts. Almost all of them have some failures on their resume, and are perfectly capable of making a flop.

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I'm a firm believer that with commitment, passion and drive you can accomplish most anything.


So would you let your mother, who is probably more motivated and driven to protect you than anyone else in the world (sorry if this is a touchy assumption), perform open heart surgery on you (assuming she's not a heart surgeon)? Or would you want the person with the most skill and experience? I've worked in education for many years, and it's not actually that different from game design in a lot of ways--teachers are trying to design an experience that will engage their students, and make them excited about participating in class. And I can't tell you how many committed, passionate, driven people have failed as teachers. Now, -eventually- they will learn from their mistakes, persist at growth, persevere and emerge successful. But FFXIV doesn't have the time for those mistakes.
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TIL: MMO design is as difficult as open heart surgery Smiley: laugh

Good one Kachi.
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So would you let your mother, who is probably more motivated and driven to protect you than anyone else in the world (sorry if this is a touchy assumption), perform open heart surgery on you (assuming she's not a heart surgeon)? Or would you want the person with the most skill and experience?


Can we just stop with the bad analogies? Yoshi-P has experience in the game industry.
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Good one Kachi.


You laugh, but let me paint a picture for you: The percentage of open heart surgeries that are successful is about 97%. Compare that to the percentage of MMOs that launch successfully.

So no, I'm saying that for professionals in their field, launching a successful MMO is HARDER than open heart surgery.

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So would you let your mother, who is probably more motivated and driven to protect you than anyone else in the world (sorry if this is a touchy assumption), perform open heart surgery on you (assuming she's not a heart surgeon)? Or would you want the person with the most skill and experience?


Can we just stop with the bad analogies? Yoshi-P has experience in the game industry.


Not much! Certainly not enough to believe that he has the skill to be incredibly successful.
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I didn't know 20 years meant "Not much".

I'll link this again in case you missed it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naoki_Yoshida
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It might have been said already but 1. Anything was better than what was before, and 2. Throw enough money at something and watch it succeed.

Those two rules apply to anything in life really; elections, pop music, etc.

However in order for something to not be a fluke there has to be a glimmer of something substantial and I see that in Yoshi-P. Regardless of his past, his performance now is all that should matter. The more I hear and see, the more of a believer I become.

But I believe there are a lot of things, a lot of people could do if given the chance.

To undercut your analogy Kachi I'd say that it would be more apt to say that the mother is herself a doctor, just with no experience in MMOs er...heart surgery. She's read all about the procedure, knows what to do, and has a passion for heart surgeries. In comparison the older doctor isn't as passionate as he once was, is ready to retire, coasts through and is maybe careless through a procedure, perhaps while letting a resident perform a large part of the surgery. If you'd heard that the older doctor botched his last surgery, you might be more willing to pick mommy, lol.

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I don't know of many passionate teachers who I work with on a daily basis (at the secondary level) who failed (or are failing). Those who do fail is most likely a direct result of classroom control (or lack thereof).

All of the teachers who are the best at what they do (about 20%) will never fail; they are passionate and committed. They are using technology, participating in groups, going to inservices and going back to school. Somewhat ironically a portion of these great teachers go on to be administrators because of their type A personality traits.

The big middle (60%) do OK (there are some passionate people in this group but just do not have what it takes to be an excellent teacher; lack of commitment/or they cannot control their classes), while the remaining 20% are just there earning a paycheck; it's embarrassing frankly.
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And if he were making Final Bomberman XIV, or his games were huge hits, that would be very encouraging. An MMO is a whole nother baby, and his experience is below average if anything for someone in his position. Look at the leads for other MMOs that failed, consider their track records, and it's apparent why Yoshi-P doesn't seem that experienced.
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I don't think I'd want Yoshi-P performing open heart surgery on me... but I think I'll let him design an MMO.

Honestly, you probably wouldn't want someone with decades of experience in MMO design running this show... we actually tried that already, look what happened. This project called for a fresh perspective and it got one.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Judge his design when you play it.
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Those two rules apply to anything in life really; elections, pop music, etc.


SWTOR?
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I don't know of many passionate teachers who I work with on a daily basis (at the secondary level) who failed (or are failing). Those who do fail is most likely a direct result of classroom control (or lack thereof).

All of the teachers who are the best at what they do (about 20%) will never fail; they are passionate and committed. They are using technology, participating in groups, going to inservices and going back to school. Somewhat ironically a portion of these great teachers go on to be administrators because of their type A personality traits.

The big middle (60%) do OK (there are some passionate people in this group but just do not have what it takes to be an excellent teacher; lack of commitment/or they cannot control their classes), while the remaining 20% are just there earning a paycheck; it's embarrassing frankly.


You must not have worked with many newer teachers. They'll prove to you that there's a huge difference between trying your hardest and being successful.

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Well, I will say that I'd pick Yoshi-P over McCain any day. Probably even as president of the U.S..
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SWTOR?


If other Bioware games/or MMOs sucked then SWTOR would look pretty good. Plus there's spending money and spending money with discretion. Either that or it wasn't enough money. :D


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You must not have worked with many newer teachers. They'll prove to you that there's a huge difference between trying your hardest and being successful.


All of the new teachers I've worked with for the past 5 years have been pink-slipped or laid off, and are now long term subs/off to other districts/doing something else. But I've worked with student teachers and 1st year teachers who are almost always full of vigor. And they do well or well enough; again, not everyone is going to be a "rockstar" teacher. To reiterate, the main problem with first year teachers, at least in my side of the district is classroom control/discipline.

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In the end, especially in the MMO industry it seems like it's, "What have you done for me lately?" and so far there's nothing to doubt Yoshi-P's progress. But he's in a decent position if he just works hard. IF he fails, then it was like, well OK that was a monumental task. IF he succeeds then it was like OMFG OUR SAVIOR!!!11

Should we hail the man as our messiah? No, of course not, but who cares about his past, if he can get results, especially since the decision is and has been made for the past 2 years.
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I guess I still find this idea that any problem can be solved with enough money and/or passion a bit naive, to be honest. There are many passionate failures, and many well-funded failures, and one doesn't have to look very hard for either, particularly in the entertainment industry.
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I guess I still find this idea that any problem can be solved with enough money and/or passion a bit naive, to be honest. There are many passionate failures, and many well-funded failures, and one doesn't have to look very hard for either, particularly in the entertainment industry.



I agree. But its all a matter of degrees; not naïveté. Like in my first post I think there is a very smart/hard worker in Yoshi-P; a glimmer that is responsible for his success. Throwing money at him will make him flourish.

Throwing money at The Spirits Within was a misallocation of resources. There was nothing substantial there. A vanity project.

But the missing piece of the troika of money and passion, is luck. And that's created by taking calculated gambles and directing that passion on the right things. Management instead of fluff. Communication instead of closed doors. Progress instead of passiveness.

Most companies make money by doing these sorts of things. Sure there are flops especially in entertainment, but that's why you take calculated risks, and spend less on something unproven and more on something that has a track record of being successful. And that's why most companies stay in business.

I realized I just kinda disproved my own point, but I think Yoshi-P should be given such a break because of how unique this situation is. Se was pretty much damned if you do, but have found a seed and placed all of their money into not failing.

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Luck surely has a lot to do with many success stories, but I prefer skill. And that's where my skepticism stems from. I don't have enough evidence to believe that the skill is there. I'm not saying that it isn't, just that I haven't seen it. Skill as a project manager, most likely, but doesn't translate to skill in game design... which leaves us with luck. And for me, luck is not enough to bolster confidence. SE decided to gamble on FFXIV; that doesn't mean I will. And in fact, I've never regretted passing on a chance to back a gambler. Most of them lose.
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If Yoshi P was the only one designing ARR, I'd also be worried. But his job is not to design every little blade of grass or to determine the proper length of the much-debated global cool down. His job is to lead the team that is making those design decisions and guide them in the right direction. Ultimately, that's more project management than it is design.

He's also taken on the role of "evangelist" for the game, and that's something which has instilled a lot of confidence in us as well.
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#43 Feb 28 2013 at 9:25 AM Rating: Default
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If Yoshi P was the only one designing ARR, I'd also be worried. But his job is not to design every little blade of grass or to determine the proper length of the much-debated global cool down. His job is to lead the team that is making those design decisions and guide them in the right direction. Ultimately, that's more project management than it is design.

He's also taken on the role of "evangelist" for the game, and that's something which has instilled a lot of confidence in us as well.


Your point is taken, and I certainly would not fault Yoshi-P if ARR fails. But really, isn't that even worse? If Yoshi-P is not responsible for the major design decisions, and merely plays a role in steering the direction, why should that give us any more faith? Now we have nameless game designers (at least unknown to the masses) who hold the future of the game in their hands.

For example, the cooldown is a huge matter. As any good game designer knows, a small change like that creates a dominal effect in the design which -should- impact many other aspects of the game. If you just let Joe Designer go and reduce it by half a second because it makes the combat seem a bit faster paced, you also have to consider the impact on every encounter in the game, as well as the implications for party chat and cooperative mechanics. It's these kinds of problems that make me almost prefer a single cook in the kitchen.
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#44Poubelle, Posted: Feb 28 2013 at 10:35 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Kachi makes a good point. Whenever people doubt ARR, fans will often reply with "Square Enix won't LET this fail. They're putting tons of money into it."
#45 Feb 28 2013 at 11:46 AM Rating: Decent
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Kachi makes a good point. Whenever people doubt ARR, fans will often reply with "Square Enix won't LET this fail. They're putting tons of money into it."

Well... I think we can look at tons of bad huge budget games, Hollywood movies, etc. and instantly discredit THAT poor argument. The game needs heart (and solid ideas) and Square Enix throwing money at it won't necessarily do that.


This is a MMO that will constantly be worked on and evolved. Once a movie is released, that's pretty much it. Almost the same with non MMO games. You get your patches and maybe some DLC. Then there is Mass Effect 3, where the ending was redone. The thing with other MMOs that have failed is they chose to give up on them. SE has stated they they will keep working on XIV. Shows heart to me.
#46 Feb 28 2013 at 12:13 PM Rating: Good
Poubelle wrote:
Kachi makes a good point. Whenever people doubt ARR, fans will often reply with "Square Enix won't LET this fail. They're putting tons of money into it."

Well... I think we can look at tons of bad huge budget games, Hollywood movies, etc. and instantly discredit THAT poor argument. The game needs heart (and solid ideas) and Square Enix throwing money at it won't necessarily do that.


I don't consider myself a "White Knight" by any means, but I am going to don a cream colored cloak for a moment.

I believe the game developers do have heart. Enough so to say "screw it, we'll update the current BAD version to help the current players and also build a new structure on the side for the new release." That is quite the undertaking, financials set aside. Changing the company's PR culture by being more open and communicative is another big step (even despite all the NA negativity that they see / get Smiley: glare)

Yes, SE is also throwing a nerve-racking amount of money into this reboot and will most likely still see losses for the first quarter or two even if it succeeds. Despite that, I think they have the requisite pieces in their plan to have the chance to succeed. It's all there, let's just hope the ideas are solid enough to make the effort worthwhile.
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#47 Feb 28 2013 at 12:26 PM Rating: Excellent
Based on the videos I've seen and the stories I've read, I think some die-hard gaming enthusiasts are being a little too critical about the design of FFXIV:ARR.

Step back and look at this from the mindset of the average gamer (and not people who feel personally offended by someone else having Legacy status, or the initial version of game being bad), and Final Fantasy XIV is shaping up to be a fun, solid, beautiful game filled with throwbacks the Final Fantasy franchise.

We can talk all we want about game mechanics, design gimmicks, etc., but at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself basic questions such as:

1) Is the game enjoyable? (Looks like it will be, from all the videos I've seen)
2) Is the game broken? (Too early to know, but I don't imagine any aspect of this game being broken at launch like v1.0 was)
3) Is it nice to look at? (Hell yes)
4) Is the user interface seamless? (Both user interfaces seem flawless)
5) Is there lots to do? (questing, story missions, hunters manuals, hamlet, FATE, dungeons, crystal tower, labrynth, leves, solo and party play, grand companies, free companies, crafting.... I'd say yes)
6) Stuff to do for hardcore gamers? (yes, see above)
7) Do people want to play this game? (yes, including gamers in the untapped PS3 market)

There will always be things for armchair game developers to second-guess. At the end of the day though, a game is either good or bad.

I've simply seen too much of FFXIV:ARR to honestly believe it will be bad.

Edited, Feb 28th 2013 10:26am by Thayos
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#48 Feb 28 2013 at 12:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thayos wrote:
Based on the videos I've seen and the stories I've read, I think some die-hard gaming enthusiasts are being a little too critical about the design of FFXIV:ARR.

Step back and look at this from the mindset of the average gamer (and not people who feel personally offended by someone else having Legacy status, or the initial version of game being bad), and Final Fantasy XIV is shaping up to be a fun, solid, beautiful game filled with throwbacks the Final Fantasy franchise.

We can talk all we want about game mechanics, design gimmicks, etc., but at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself basic questions such as:

1) Is the game enjoyable? (Looks like it will be, from all the videos I've seen)
2) Is the game broken? (Too early to know, but I don't imagine any aspect of this game being broken at launch like v1.0 was)
3) Is it nice to look at? (Hell yes)
4) Is the user interface seamless? (Both user interfaces seem flawless)
5) Is there lots to do? (questing, story missions, hunters manuals, hamlet, FATE, dungeons, crystal tower, labrynth, leves, solo and party play, grand companies, free companies, crafting.... I'd say yes)
6) Stuff to do for hardcore gamers? (yes, see above)
7) Do people want to play this game? (yes, including gamers in the untapped PS3 market)

There will always be things for armchair game developers to second-guess. At the end of the day though, a game is either good or bad.

I've simply seen too much of FFXIV:ARR to honestly believe it will be bad.

Edited, Feb 28th 2013 10:26am by Thayos


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#49 Feb 28 2013 at 12:42 PM Rating: Good
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I've simply seen too much of FFXIV:ARR to honestly believe it will be bad.
I felt the same way about Aliens: Colonial Marines.
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#50 Feb 28 2013 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Then there is Mass Effect 3, where the ending was redone.


Well... "Redone" is being extremely generous.

That's off topic, though. SE is throwing time, money, and talent at this project. Yoshi-P has made sure that he keeps the most important things at the forefront: the players.

It will be fine. Let's all just take a breath, and wait til open Beta in a couple months.
#51 Feb 28 2013 at 12:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've simply seen too much of FFXIV:ARR to honestly believe it will be bad.


The gaming media didn't get its hands on the Aliens game until after it had launched. Meanwhile, game reviewers have been invited en masse to try out FFXIV.

The reviews have been mostly positive, with a hint of "be cautious, mainly because Version 1 was bad."
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