Final Fantasy XIV celebrated its one year anniversary last week! I’ve been playing the game since beta and loved every second of it. I even made a little blog to document my travels! Now that I think about it, I’ve been playing Massive Multiplayer Online games for a long time. Almost ten years now!
My first memory of adventuring with random strangers online was probably in Ragnarok Online. Man, life was so simple back then! Because Ragnarok was my first MMO, I played very casually. Yet somehow, I managed to get hooked on the grind. I would stay up for hours hunting down a single type of monster hoping they would drop a single type of card in order to make my Assassin’s gear stronger. It was almost an addiction, saying “the next one will be my last” or “the next will will drop for sure” over and over again. Little did I know, ten years later I still have the same mindset, only I’ve started to treat MMOs like games. Y’know, considering they are!
I learned this the hard way, as my addition continued all throughout university with Final Fantasy XI. I clocked over 600 days – almost 2 whole years of play time – over the course of eight years, which is not something I am proud of. Don’t worry, I managed to successfully graduate university with flying colours and land a job in Japan, so it didn’t eat away at my brain too much, but it did destroy my ability to socialise offline and didn’t exactly help with keeping my body healthy as I would binge until 4am for weeks on end.
I left FFXI last year to focus on Crazy Sunshine full time. I’m just surprised it took me 8 years to realize how much of my time could be spent not chasing down equipment for Puppetmaster and being creatively productive instead. Enter Final Fantasy XIV. You’re probably thinking; “Heh, this Jkun dude just never learns, does he?” Well luckily, I am a lot smarter than I was ten years ago. Unfortunately, a lot older too.
FFXIV was originally released in 2010 and after flopping miserably, was taken offline before being re-released in 2013 under the title “A Realm Reborn”. With a new development team and incredibly talented producer, the game was revamped and repacked as an MMO for every type of player – from casual to hardcore. I am somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. As a veteran from the hard-as-nails XI days, XIV seems a little too easy to me, but at the same time, with my job and other commitments, I can’t play as much as the hardcore crowd. Which in a sense, might be for the best!
Man, videogames are great, aren’t they? Thanks for reading!