Why?I get asked one question a lot. Not just by some of my readers, but also by people I know in real life.
That question is "Why do you play this game?"
They always say the same things. The game doesn't have an ending, there's no way to ever finish, there's no sense of accomplishment.
People who say this just don't understand this game. Most of them haven't even played it and are just trying to wrap their heads around it.
The point of this game is not about getting to a finish line. There's no ribbon somewhere you run across and the game goes "Good Job!" and sends you on your merry.
It's true that the game really doesn't have an end. But that's one of the best things about it.
The story never really ends. Rather than a simple, one shot storyline to follow, FFXI is woven from countless stories and quests. There is always something else to see, something else to do.
And no accomplishment? No accomplishment?
Every other minute in this game, you're treated to a major sense of accomplishment.
Every time you hit a new level, your heart jumps a little. Everytime you fight an enemy and then beat him, your body cheers a little.
Even the most frustrating things give way to satisfaction. Having to farm or camp for an item makes it all the sweeter when you finally get it.
Sure, it sucks having to wait for groups or try and camp for good items. But that's part of the challenge.
I'm sorry, but if you need someone to hand you everything on a silver platter, we probably don't care about your opinion either way.
This game is about more than just winning. It's about trying new things and reaching new levels.
It's about getting to the next place or the next story, the next quest or the next mission.
It's about being part of a game rather than just playing it.
FFXI has never been about being a game for everyone. It wasn't designed so you could just pick it up and finish it in a week or two.
Instead, they created an actual world that can be explored and experienced. A world without limit and practically without end.
If you're looking at FFXI as a simple video game, you're never going to understand it. We play this game for the sheer depth of it, not some silly finish line or game over screen.
You ask us why we play this game?
We play it because it is about more than just trying to find an end to it. It's about more than a score. It's about more than a level.
It's about more.
I'm sorry if you don't get that. I really am.