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Final Fantasy XI Forum » The Airship (General) » Miss the old days...

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  NobleNerd

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Joined: 2/08/08
Posts: 533

Try not!Do or do notThere is no try.

10/19/12 1:19:50 PM#21

As of right now I am back playing FFXI on the Pheonix server. I have joined the LS The ReturnersXI and have made a CORE group of friends. FFXI was also a "first MMO" for me. Many days, weeks and years were spent playing the game. My one big regret from my previous time in the game was most of my LSmates were able to surpass me in leveling because I work a full time job and cannot dedicate as much time as others did to leveling the jobs. With the new LS I have found, there is a  focus of "doing it the traditional route" and  I have found enjoyment in the game again. The LS helps in many ways. We use voice to communicate mostly (which is a nice plus compared to the old days). The core group of members has the goal of doing the missions and story in the order they were meant to be played in. So no skipping to the end, which I am looking forward to, seeing I missed a lot of content in previous play time.

If you are looking to return and do not desire to powerlevel your way to 99 then come join us on Pheonix in the LS The ReturnersXI. Ask for a LS pearl from Razela, Slowtease, Tedlar, or Xeponia. Our focus is on bringing the social aspect back to the game, along with the fun of helping and growing together. With the new(ish) Sync system many members will sync down to help lower levels and to achieve mission/rank goals for all.

Check us out! See you in game.

NobleNerdom
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  Pratt2112

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Joined: 2/12/12
Posts: 1307

10/20/12 6:59:48 PM#22
Originally posted by Boneserino

Everyone says this about their first MMO!!  Mine was Earth and Beyond.

I don't miss the old days but like everyone else I miss the feeling of something being new and exciting.  But thats just life I guess.   Something is only new once.   Don't be misguided and think it was just the game.   It wasn't.

FFXI wasn't my first MMO. It was my third. For me it very much was "just the game" that made XI awesome to me.

No other MMO before or since hooked me the way XI did from my first hour playing it, and on through the over 7 years I played it after that.

I have real-life fiends who feel exactly the same way about the way XI was. We remember exactly what the game was like, all its flaws, warts and all. No "rose-colored glasses" here, skewing our vision. We'd still go back in a heartbeat.

For me, SE caught lightning in a bottle with FFXI like no other MMO developer has been able to since, including SE themselves with XIV. They got so much about the game right that, even with all its flaws, it was still an awesome experience overall.

I know it's popular to say "oh that's just nostalgia" or "oh, everyone's first is always their favorite". It's very easy to make generalizations and assume it applies to everyone, or even to "most", but you really can't do that. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to anything in life. Everyone likes things for their own reasons, in their own ways.

 

  Seilan

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Joined: 7/30/04
Posts: 807

"Blue, blue."

10/20/12 9:46:26 PM#23
Originally posted by TangentPoint
Originally posted by Boneserino

Everyone says this about their first MMO!!  Mine was Earth and Beyond.

I don't miss the old days but like everyone else I miss the feeling of something being new and exciting.  But thats just life I guess.   Something is only new once.   Don't be misguided and think it was just the game.   It wasn't.

FFXI wasn't my first MMO. It was my third. For me it very much was "just the game" that made XI awesome to me.

No other MMO before or since hooked me the way XI did from my first hour playing it, and on through the over 7 years I played it after that.

I have real-life fiends who feel exactly the same way about the way XI was. We remember exactly what the game was like, all its flaws, warts and all. No "rose-colored glasses" here, skewing our vision. We'd still go back in a heartbeat.

For me, SE caught lightning in a bottle with FFXI like no other MMO developer has been able to since, including SE themselves with XIV. They got so much about the game right that, even with all its flaws, it was still an awesome experience overall.

I know it's popular to say "oh that's just nostalgia" or "oh, everyone's first is always their favorite". It's very easy to make generalizations and assume it applies to everyone, or even to "most", but you really can't do that. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to anything in life. Everyone likes things for their own reasons, in their own ways.

 

A-freaking-men to this. I get so tired of that "Oh, you only feel that way because it was your first game" bull sh*t. Really? Someone else telling me what I think, how I feel and what I enjoy? GIve me a break. FFXI was probably my 3rd or 4th in the list of mmorpgs I played back in the early days (EQ being the first for quite a few consecutive years) and it blew my mind how well put together, fun and enthralling it was. Even to this day, it's one of my favorite mmos and, despite its age, still has more style to it than just about any other. It's just the way the leveling process/journey has been trivialized that has killed much of my drive to play the game anymore, more so than anything else.

I also played on the first EQ progression server back in 2006 and even though I had already played the game for years prior to that, it felt like I was there for the first time all over again. It was a blast and I played it all the way until they unlocked the expansion that killed the vibe of the game for me. It's definitely not always just a "rose-colored glasses" thing. Sometimes fundamental changes are made to a game that I just can't settle with, so I vote with my wallet. I imagine many others do the same.

  aphydork

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Joined: 10/19/12
Posts: 133

10/20/12 9:52:51 PM#24
I refuse to farm crawlers for silk threads anymore.
  Betakodo

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Joined: 2/16/12
Posts: 339

10/20/12 9:58:58 PM#25

Yeah, communities aren't the same as they used to be. I think it has to do with a majority of people having access to the internet now. And the president wants to give everyone free high speed internet too? One thing I hated though was that a friend of mine was a white mage and we could always form a party relatively quickly. Once that class was changed, our party forming and getting abilities dropped and with that we dropped the game. Nowadays I'm pretty grind averse too, and I kind of blade the old generation games for that. Not FFXI, but more Lineage II grinds I hate.

 

Also, you mentioned you were looking for a game to fill the gap, I would look at Wizardry Online. Ironically the character design looks like it was heavily based on FFXI.

 

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