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5-18-2009 @ 7:43AM
It's been said before, but I thought I'd hammer in the point a little more....Final Fantasy XI is about the least casual-friendly game that I've played or otherwise personally seen. Getting a class to the level cap in that game takes about two months if you're pretty speedy about it, up to a year if you choose an unpopular class or try to play in blocks of time less than 4-6 hours. It's a Japanese game, and the Japanese value of patience permeates every bit of that game. At its worst, some parts of their endgame involves world boss spawns that can pop anywhere from three to seven DAYS apart. The economy is utter crap, to the point where even buying a good piece of equipment from auction can take a solid month of farming. The playerbase is also particularly elitist, as there is one right way and a LOT of wrong ways to gear and play each class; there is no room to be a beautiful or unique snowflake unless you want a game-destroying bad reputation.A Final Fantasy XI player is someone you want in your guild. If they were even a little successful in that game, they have a dedication far above and beyond most native WoW players.(Before anyone pounces me, I like WoW better, even though I played FFXI long enough to build up an extremely respectable character. I'm not starting a which-game-is-better argument here. Because apparently, I'm a troll. Who knew?)
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