Please Don't Forget About...You know that warning you see whenever you go to log into FFXI?
Of course you do. You've seen it eighteen bajillion times.
That is really good advice.
You really shouldn't forget about your family, your friends, your school, or your work.
That is the most important, steadfast rule of FFXI.
What about those times when you totally WANT to forget about those things?
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting this as a lifestyle.
Moron>> Hey, [GM]Dave told me to forget about my family.
Moron>> Screw you, kids.
But what about all those mind-numbingly boring moments of the day where you really, really, REALLY just want to forget all that shit?
You're at work. You're filling out all that annoying paperwork.
Always in damned triplicate.
Yeah. Who'd want to forget about that?
You know, the whole time you're thinking "Man, I could be meriting right now."
Can you honestly try and tell me you don't zone out and start thinking about playing during the day?
But that's the beauty of it.
That warning means don't forget about those things while you're playing.
We don't want you playing all the time. You've got important things to do in your life.
Okay... You've got things to do in your life.
It's still okay to think about the game while you're doing those things.
You should be able to get up and leave the game anytime you want. That's normal.
Just take the game with you.
No, no. Put down the laptop.
Thinking about the game all the time is perfectly natural. It's your body's natural defense against the inherent stupidity of the everyday world.
Traffic backed up for miles? Think about crafting.
Stuck in a line up at the supermarket? Think about Dynamis.
Some people would say you're developing an unhealthy preoccupation that borders on obsession or perhaps even addiction.
What the hell do they know?
Do you know what I think when people suggest I'm addicted to FFXI?
I think as long as you're doing everything you're supposed to do in the real world, it's okay to think about the game as much as you like.
I do it and we all know I'm not addicted, right?