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A little something I wrote on FFXIFollow

#1 Oct 07 2004 at 12:47 PM Rating: Decent
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I keep a blog at GS and today's entry touched on this game, so I thought I'd share it with you all.

The MMORPG, genre of the addicted and compulsive, never really appealed to me, largely because it seemed like a bunch of generic fantasy-types running around levelling up endlessly, for God knows what reason. But then Square had to come along and inject their Final Fantasy series with the online virus, and although I'm not generally a completist, there are a few things that I must have EVERYTHING of... and Final Fantasy games are one of those things (though you won't find me ponying up the dough for the GBA FF Origins... I'll play the one that won't ever havea dead save battery, thanks).

After successfully changing jobs this summer, I decided to follow a good friend of mine and try out FFXI. It would be my first MMORPG, and I was both excited and a little scared I'd blow a lot of cash.

So I prepared. I picked up Logitech's superb NetPlay controller, which has Dual Shock configurations at each end and a roughly laptop-sized keyboard across the middle of the large controller, the strategy guide for the game, since I'd never played a game remotely like this before (2 hours of .hack was it), Sony's Network Adapter, and an extra $5 fee to my cable provider, since I don't use a router, and I can't trick the provider the way I can with my Xbox *ahem*.

So after a few weeks of studying the guide (which I now realize is not a very good guide at all, but as a beginner, it is a fair help), I installed the game over a period of many, many, many, many hours, even with broadband. And once I got on, it was easily the most intimidating game I had ever played.

It's like driving shift without knowing what a car is. You realize that everything has a turn, kind of, and there's a delay for action, and overall it plays like a menu-driven action/rpg... but the persistent online world is totally different. Player-driven economies, several jobs to level, quests and missions that can be picked up at whim or left by the wayside whenever one chooses, and literally thousands of people. It's a total overload.

But I played the game pretty often, usually two to six hours a day, and began to gain an understanding of the game, and my role within it (first and foremost, I'm a Red Mage, and I love it). I also took my girlfriend and got HER hooked (she's a Bard and White Mage, and she's darn good at it), and now we've got a house with her, me, three cats, and a video game that literally sees play EVERY SINGLE DAY.

What's interesting, to me, is that it's not so much the monetary cost that makes FFXI and games ofits ilk so pricey. To be honest, dollar for hour, it's the cheapest game I've ever bought, and that includes all of the peripherals and the $90 game with HDD itself.

It takes TIME, and when I say TIME, I mean TIME. Now, my girlfriend and I are actually light players, logging 3-5 hours a day. That's right; we're CASUAL, or LIGHT, players. Some people seem to play 8-10 hours a day MINIMUM, whereas with us, that's a once in a while thing (or for my girlfriend, days off, but taht'sa nother topic for another day).

I have logged over 500 hours in this game over the past four months.

Think about that. 500 HOURS. And it's a mixed blessing.

On one hand, I am currently spending less money on frivolous **** than ever. I limited myself to four games this fall, and so far, I'm sticking to it. I bought Fable and SH: Covenant, and will get Ace Combat 5 and Halo 2. That's it. And when I look at my backlog, with games I haven't even STARTED yet, and when I look at the time I've put into the games I've picked up this fall already, I know ti's good that I have limits, because I just don't have the time to get more games anbd actually put them through the paces. And so I don't get more games. It's actually very good for me, financially, even with the monthly charges and large initial investment of funds.

And because my girlfriend and I both play, we don't play too much. She gets home from work and hops online to play. About four hours later I get home from work, we hang out and talk and have dinner, maybe watch some TV, and then she goes to bed and I go play the game. It's a nice balance, really.

So it's odd, really, that a game like this has helped me achieve better financial control, to value the time I spend with my girlfriend (because I don't just want to work all day, come home and play all night), and also get to play a game that's a whole lot of fun. It demands a lot of time and quite an investment towards the whole process, but that's the price it asks. And for some people, a game like this is destructive, and some people are unable to control themselve, which is unfortunate. But for me, it's been a positive experience.
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#2 Oct 07 2004 at 2:26 PM Rating: Decent
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That's a nice Log entry. I agree with the entertainment value of it monetary-wise. I've stopped renting hoards of DVDs and spend more time on one game instead of a dozen others. I can never get bored of this game, really.

I'm still trying to get my husband to play the game, but he's more into strategy games than MMORPG. Perhaps when I can afford the PS2 HDD and Keyboard and such, I'd persuade him again and even Plvl him (I'm one of those rare Female Elvaan Summoner who's over lvl 50 with Austere Gear and elemental staves, I think I can Plvl him good).

I wonder if anyone else have siblings, spouses, parents, grandparents, cousins, or even grandchildrens playing on the same server as they are (perhaps even in a family LS).

I only know of one person who's father is playing FFXI...
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#3 Oct 07 2004 at 3:04 PM Rating: Decent
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A member of my LS, Materna, plays with two of her children.
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#4 Oct 07 2004 at 3:49 PM Rating: Good
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I couldn't agree with yuo more ChronoSquall. There are so many people that come over and see me playing (mainly my brother's friends that I just know through him), and say "Man, I would never play a game that you have to pay monthly to play, what a waste of money!". If they only knew. :)

By playing this game, I have spent less money on useless **** (other games Smiley: lol). Other games, because I know even if I buy something, I'm still going to play FFXI, so no reason go buy it. I also save on food, whereas I would normally spend time to leave and hit up Denny's (UGH!) or some random Fast Food Place, I made it a point to do my Grocery Shopping once a week so I have food on hand (much cheaper, and much healthier). On Friday night, I'll stay home and play (sad, but it's funnest thing to do at the time), where as my brother will go out and spend $20+ for food and drinks at some random place. Hell, if you do this everyweek, just staying home one Friday to play FFXI already saved you at least $5. :)

People don't understand, when you do nothing, you spend no money. :) So I'll keep playing FFXI while my bank account keeps building up. Maybe soon I'll buy a new car or something. Smiley: yippee
#5 Oct 07 2004 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Well,on the note of family/friends playing together.

My LS (Endurance) is made up 4 married couples,Father+son(Father being 54 btw^^),3 real life friends,and about6-7 other people that have all known eachtoher for over 3 years online.This being our second MMORPG together.

My static is made up of 2 of the 4 married couples,and 3 very good friends...all of us being in Endurance.Yes a 7 person static,but we like it that way.We are a small LS,but it's more like a family than anything.

I have to agree with the money thing too.I don't work...I am an at home Dad.We save alot of money by just playing FFXI.I used to go thru 2-8 games a month.I am sure I will shed a tear the last day I log off this game.That being the day the servers go off for good(hopefully many,many years from now).I love this game,since the first time I logged on Cactuar for the PS2/NA beta test.
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