I've played Final Fantasy XIV since the 2nd Alpha phase of v1 (March 2010). Great game!
It's definitely had its hiccups but the team both present and past are very dedicated. When Yoshi-P took charge I knew I would stay with it until it dies.
My wife took one look at the game after playing Final Fantasy XI together for ~5 years and said this game would never be up to par. This was during the Alpha and launch; which was the same game. A Realm Reborn might change that!
I took a long hard look at the game when she said that and I could see where she was coming from. Now that I've been sneaking in photos during dinner, watching movies or pretty much anytime I can; we together can see where the games going.
The game itself has been an arduous journey but not because of the game-play (personally speaking). The in-game community on all sides of the fence worldwide has wanted something more from the game. We didn't realize at the time the entire rework that was taking place. Because of this it always drew heated debates in-game, split communities and caused a lot of drama.
This will all change come FFXIV: ARR. My wallet and time welcomes you sir!
I've taken some time to upload the screenshots of my time that I felt were very nice. I have very fond memories of many things;
• First time I explored a new area (always tried to do at level 1 for the adventure)
• First kill of a dungeon or primal
• Making a new friend from another country and learning a new word from their language
I hope you enjoy this album as well. If you played XIV I also wish that it brings back that nostalgic feeling that many of us will feel. I'm on Excalibur so when it's released again look me up; always there to help and offer some advice :)
Now if only they let me re-subscribe I'd still be playing! Missed the deadline by 4 minutes... took my nap too long :(
/hint: (If you're reading this +Square Enix you can just charge my credit card. It's okay. ^.~)
As such see you all in "A Realm Reborn"!
Alpha looks amazing :)