The box-throwing just made him look silly. Sort of an embarrassing bravado moment Maybe it's just me, I sometimes have a weird sense of what is appropriate. Also, he didn't actually play XI. She did, but apparently just let her cuteness carry her through the game, because she seemed to barely understand it at all.
Perhaps, but you can't deny that it's probably the reaction just about anyone who wasted $80 on the CE did or at least, wanted to do.
As for the statement about XI, I wouldn't doubt it. Then again, the same could be said for most of the population. We're talking about a game where people face certain directions and only craft during certain moon phases. We're also talking about a game whose mechanics defined the manner in which players were 'allowed' to participate. We're talking about the same game that had you standing still, waiting.
I do have kind of a theory about this. Its a theory based more on hope than logic, but still. I have this weird feeling that maybe its a cultural thing, where the Japanese companies (mistakenly) don't see this video as PR. This is more of an advanced proof of concept video, or a glorified tech demo.
For the same reason, I don't see why some people find the comment about the possibility of the video being better if it were produced by a NA company. My theory is that people who are offended don't realize we're talking about a company who went 8 years before releasing their own official forum. A company who, up until that point, was tight-lipped about the most trivial details. This type of player probably thinks they're blessed to be exposed to the wonder that is eastern game development.
I guess we're just spoiled in the west. We want explanations for changes, answers to questions and regular feedback from developers to assure us that our concerns for a game, a service that we pay for, is actually providing service.
If there were one thing that you could take away from the shortcomings of XIV 1.0... one phrase that should make you shudder when you read it...
well, its still Alpha